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Cool Smashers’ comeback takes fight out of UP’s campaign

In the first two sets, Creamline was not the same Creamline that has dominated thus far in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

As it turns out, the flu-stricken squad just needed more time than usual to get going.

Creamline battled the flu and battled a two-set deficit to keep its spotless slate intact. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
Battling back from two sets down, the Cool Smashers successfully defended their still spotless slate against University of the Philippines in five sets, 19-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-17, and 16-14 on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Already without top hitter Alyssa Valdez, who is fulfilling her duties with the national team, the league-leaders looked out of sync at the onset.

“’Di kami nakukumpleto sa practice because of flu,” assistant coach Oliver Almadro shared post-game.

He then continued, “Kaya coming into this game, sabi lang namin na pairalin ang maturity.”

Indeed, Creamline did not panic even as their perfect record was in grave danger. “Nung down kami ng two sets, sinabi lang namin na believe we will get this set. Ayun, nakuha isang set tapos nakuha pangalawa,” Almadro said.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/22/17/cool-smashers-comeback-takes-fight-out-of-ups-campaign

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