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Creamline survives Army in 5-set thriller; BaliPure upsets Chery Tiggo for first win

Creamline flashed championship poise in its 20-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13 victory over Black Mamba-Army to keep its unscathed record in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Thursday at the  PCV Socio-Civic Cultural Center in Ilocos Norte.

Team captain Alyssa Valdez delivered in the clutch and scored Cool Smashers' last two points en route to her 20 markers, including 16 attacks, and 17 excellent digs.

Aside from Valdez's late-game heroics, a fine performance from opposite hitter Tots Carlos propelled Creamline to its third win in the season. The former UP standout carved out 26 points, anchored on 24 attacks and two blocks.

Risa Sato and Michele Gumabao, meanwhile, scored 13 and 12, respectively, as Creamline stretched its winning streak to 23 games.

The reigning titleholder leads the team standings with an immaculate 3-0 card while Army slipped to 1-2.

Meanwhile, BaliPure pulled off a major upset after it trounced powerhouse Chery Tiggo, 19-25, 25-19, 13-25, 27-25, 15-12, for its first win.

Veteran player Graze Bombita powered the Water Defenders past the Crossovers with her 24 points off 21 attacks, two blocks, and one service ace.

—Bea Micaller/MGP, GMA News