MANILA, Philippines — Tots Carlos believes Creamline’s familiarity was key to pool stage sweep in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
The University of the Philippines standout unleashed a season-high 28 points to lift Creamline past Petro Gazz, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-10, and clinch the No.1 seed in Pool B on Wednesday at Paco Arena.
“I think it’s really the composition of the team. We all know that my teammates are coming from champion teams in their colleges. As a new member of this team, I admire the character of my teammates. I’m really grateful to be part of this team,” said Carlos, who nailed 27 kills and an ace.
The 23-year-old opposite spiker, who is playing her second season with Creamline, added their management’s decision to keep the lineup intact this year is paying off so far.
“I think our chemistry helped us a lot to win our first three games. Our team has the skills and character, we just have to polish the basics and follow the game plan of our coaches for us to be successful in this conference,” she said.
Although both Creamline and Petro Gazz clinched the two twice-to-beat advantages in their group even before their game, Carlos said the Cool Smashers really wanted to finish the pool stage strong to keep their momentum heading to the playoffs starting on Sunday.
“Every game is important, especially that we want to win the championship. We want to win every game as much as we can. This is a huge morale booster going to the quarters, said Carlos.
Creamline will face last year’s Finals rival and defending champion Chery Tiggo in the quarterfinals, where it tries to exact a sweet revenge holding a twice-to-bead edge.
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