Crowd-favorite Alyssa Valdez scored 13 points including 12 attacks and 1 block as the Creamline Cool Smashers remained unbeaten in the 2023 Premier Volleyball League Second All-Filipino Conference after whipping the PLDT High Speed Hitters in straight sets, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 before an overflowing crowd of more than 9,000 at the Aquilino Pimentel Jr International Convention Center in Taguanao, Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City tonight, November 18. In the first game, Faith Nisperos had 11 attacks as the Akari Chargers overpowered winless Quezon City Gerflor Defenders, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19.
It felt like Creamline’s homecourt advantage as the crowd who watched the game was a sea of pink which further energized Valdez. Read https://www.pvl.ph/news/creamline-s-pink-wave-sweeps-cdo-as-alyssa-valdez-shines-bright.
Meanwhile, Akari’s Erika Raagas enjoyed a homecoming as her family came in full force to support her. Raagas previously attended Corpus Christi High School in Cagayan de Oro before going to Manila. Read https://www.pvl.ph/news/erika-raagas-shines-in-emotion-filled-homecoming
Another pure-blooded Kagayanon, Sammy Acaylar was also having his homecoming. The coach of Gerflor Defenders was extremely happy to be back in the city. Read https://www.pvl.ph/news/sammy-acaylar-s-unforgettable-night-in-cagayan-de-oro
Both Acaylar and Raagas were recognized by City Mayor Rolando “Klarex” Uy.
Browse photos below (courtesy of PVL).
GAME 1: AKARI vs GERFLOR
GAME 2: PLDT vs CREAMLINE