Creamline Completes PVL ‘Three-Peat’ with Sweep of Choco Mucho
MANILA, Philippines—Despite missing two stars, Creamline remained invincible to complete a “three-peat” in the Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference on Saturday. Even the toughest challenge by their sister team in Game 2 couldn’t stop the Cool Smashers from going all the way to the top as they withstood the Choco Mucho Flying Titans in a five-set thriller to cap their season with a title-clinching 22-25, 25-20, 29-27, 24-26, 15-12, win in front of a record-breaking crowd of 24,459 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Cool Smashers were forced to a fifth set, where they went down early, 3-6, needing a spark from Valdez and role players Michele Gumabao and Jeanette Panaga to steal the momentum and take a 13-11 lead.
Valdez drilled an off-the-block hit to bring her team to championship point, 14-11, before Sisi Rondina saved a point for Choco Mucho. The three-time PVL Most Valuable Player capped their perfect run with a championship-clinching attack, leading to a wild celebration in front of a historic crowd in Philippine volleyball.
It was the biggest PVL tournament so far, featuring 12 teams, but Creamline stayed unfazed and swept the All-Filipino for the third time after their perfect runs in the 2019 and 2022 editions.
The Cool Smashers won two of the three tournaments this year — both All-Filipino Conferences — losing only the Invitational final to Japanese team Kurashiki Ablaze.
After dropping the opening set, Creamline never wavered, flexing its championship poise in the pressure-packed second and third sets as it scored eight straight points in the second frame capped by Galanza’s block on Maddie Madayag to tie the game at one set apiece.
The Cool Smashers couldn’t complete a comeback from a 21-24 deficit in the fourth set as Maddie Madayag’s swipe and an attack error from the defending champion allowed the Flying Titans to force a decider.
Choco Mucho settled for a silver medal in its first-ever finals appearance since joining the league in 2019.