Creamline shoots for solo lead in Farm Fresh clash

Games Today(Filoil EcoOil Arena)2 p.m. -— Chery Tiggo vs Gerflor4 p.m. — Farm Fresh vs Creamline6 p.m. — Cignal vs Akari

CREAMLINE can reclaim solo first place by winning its Farm Fresh matchup today in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil EcoOil Arena.

The Cool Smashers had the luxury of resting their starters after their second unit headed by Pau Soriano and Lorie Bernardo stepped up in a 25-15, 25-12, 25-10 rout of the Gerflor Defenders Thursday in Antipolo City.

It catapulted the multi-titled franchise to a third straight triumph and into the lead, before Petro Gazz caught up with Creamline when it turned back a feisty Nxled, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22, in an out-of-town sortie in Candon, Ilocos Sur Saturday.

And the Cool Smashers have a chance to jump back to a familiar place — the top.

“Usual ginagawa namin pinag hahandaan namin any team, kahit sino makalaban kailangan talaga paghandaan,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses of their 4pm duel with the Foxies, who are winless in four starts.

Ms. Soriano and Ms. Bernardo came through when Mr. Meneses pulled them out like rabbits from a hat. They delivered by combining for 10 points while providing rock-solid net defense.

Given the chance, Mr. Meneses will not hesitate to summon the pair of skilled middle blockers from the bench and send them straight into battle.

“Isa lang sistema sinusunod sa middle, alam na ng lahat gagawin, sadyang medyo advantage lang two namin reliever, nagpapakita din kasi sila ng magandang ensayo,” said Mr. Meneses of Ms. Soriano and Ms. Bernardo.

Also on the three-game slate are matches pitting Chery Tiggo (2-1) against Gerflor (0-3) at 2 p.m. and Cignal (1-2) versus a giant-slaying Akari (3-1) at 6 p.m. — Joey Villar

Neil Banzuelo

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