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PVL: Creamline remains unbeaten; Pacifictown Army, BaliPure prevail.

By Kristel Satumbaga

Games Saturday (The Arena, San Juan City)

4 p.m. - Chef's Classics vs Choco Mucho

6 p.m. - Creamline vs PetroGazz

Creamline stretched its winning streak to four games with a 25-10, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23 triumph over BanKo-Perlas in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan City on Wednesday.

Alyssa Valdez sizzled with 26 points built on 18 kills, six aces and two blocks while Jema Galanza fired 14 of her 16 points on attacks for the Cool Smashers, who kept their unbeaten record at the helm.

Creamline targeted BanKo-Perlas' weak floor defense and waxed hot at the service area by firing 14 aces.

The Perlas Spikers slipped to 2-2 despite the combined 39-point production of Dzi Gervacio, Kathy Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon.

Earlier, Pacifictown Army rallied from two sets down to outlast Choco Mucho and tall frontline, 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12.

Jovelyn Gonzaga spearheaded the Lady Troopers in the crunch to finish off the Flying Titans and register their second straight victory.

Gonzaga erupted for 24 points and joined forces with fellow veterans Royse Tubino and Nene Bautista, who chipped in 21 and 13 points.

Angela Nunag also contributed 20 digs and 14 receptions.

Experience played a key role in Army's win especially in the fourth frame where it pulled away from a 20-all tie to a set win and a deciding set courtesy of Gonzaga and Bautista's offense.

Boosted by the set win, the Lady Troopers cruised to a 10-6 lead in the fifth frame and coasted the rest of the way.

Alina Bicar's 24 excellent sets also accounted for Army's triumph, as well as the Lady Troopers' 11 service aces.

The Lady Troopers also outplayed the Flying Titans at the attack zone, 65-48.

Choco Mucho evened its win-loss mark to 1-1 despite Kat Tolentino scoring 23 points and Maddie Madayag, pillars of Choco's triple tower alignment, adding 15 points.

In the other game, BaliPure survived Air Force, 26-24, 16-25, 25-19, 17-25, 17-15, for its first win in three games.

Grazielle Bombita fired 23 points while Menchie Tubiera added 17 points for the Water Defenders, who dealt the Lady Jet Spikers their third straight loss.

CAPTION(S):

Creamline's Jema Galanza, right, scores against two BanKo-Perlas defenders during their PVL Open Conference match on Wednesday. (Photo by Sports Vision)

Pacifictown Army's Jovelyn Gonzaga, left, hammers down a spike against Choco Mucho's Mary Grace Berte in Wednesday's PVL Open Conference match. (Photo by Sports Vision)

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