Creamline, Pocari try to move closer to PVL semis spot

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Creamline and Pocari face off in a crucial PVL match. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Creamline and Pocari Sweat face off on Tuesday in a crucial match, with the winner clinching at least a playoff for one of the last two semifinal spots in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The fancied teams hurdled their respective rivals in the opening day of the tournament’s brief quarterfinal phase last weekend.

The Cool Smashers survived the Perlas Spikers, 25-16, 9-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-13, and the Lady Warriors rallied past the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10.

That should make their 4 p.m. duel doubly interesting, with the winner assuring itself of at least a playoff for the third semifinals spot.

With a complete roster, Creamline is tipped to have the edge over Pocari Sweat, which hopes to obtain the ITC (international transfer certificate) of new import Krystal Rivers, who replaces the injured Elina Selimovic, in time for the key match.

The top two teams after the single round quarterfinals will join Bali Pure and the Power Smashers, in the Final 4 as the third and fourth seeded teams. The Water Defenders will take on the No. 3 squad, and the Power Smashers will battle the No. 4 team in a pair of best-of-3 series.

Air Force and Perlas will meet at 6:30 p.m., with both teams trying to bounce back into semis contention.

Meanwhile, Cignal and Sta. Elena dispute the No. 2 slot in the semifinal round of the men’s tournament at 1 p.m.

The two teams are tied at 3-1, behind the front running Air Force (4-1).

Army and Instituto Estetico Manila, which toted identical 2-3 cards after the single round elims, dispute the last Final Four seat in a playoff on Thursday.

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