By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior Reporter
The Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals will go the full route after the Chery Tiggo Crossovers took Game Two of their best-of-three series with the Creamline Cool Smashers in four sets on Thursday.
Banking on a balanced attack, the Crossovers packed the heat to get the better of the Cool Smashers, 25-18, 17-25, 25-16, 25-21, at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, and level the series at a game apiece.
Jaja Santiago led the charge for Chery Tiggo and got ample support from the other stalwarts of the team as well as from the auxiliaries.
The Crossovers used a spirited charge late in the fourth set to close out the Cool Smashers and send the series to a deciding game on Friday.
Down, 15-16, by the second technical break, Ms. Santiago rallied her team in outscoring Creamline, 10-5, the rest of the way to book the win.
Ms. Santiago tallied 25 points — 20 coming from attacks, three blocks and two aces.
Chery Tiggo also got valuable contributions from starters Dindin Santiago-Manabat (18 points), Shaiya Adorador (nine) and Maika Ortiz (six) as well as reserve Joy Dacoron (eight).
Alyssa Valdez paced the Cool Smashers with 18 points, followed by Jema Galanza (17) and Tots Carlos (15).
Game Three of the finals is set at 3 p.m. and can be seen over One Sports and One Sports+.