PVL: Top four teams on the way to the playoffs

PVL: Top four teams on their way to the playoffs

After finishing the International Conference included in the top four, PLDT, Cignal, Creamline, and Army will now advance to the playoff round. Army Black Mamba will go against the defending champions, Creamline Cool Smashers. PLDT on the other hand, will go head-to-head with sister team, Cignal HD Spikers.

According to the format of Premier Volleyball League (PVL), the top four teams will face Kobe Dhinawa from Japan, and KingWhale of Taipei. These remaining four teams will compete with these two international teams for their playoffs. Winners will go neck-to-neck in a one-match finals game.

Army Black Mamba vs Creamline Coolsmashers

PVL: Creamline vs Army
Photo courtesy of PVL

This is a tough assignment for the Army Black Mamba as they are facing defending champions, Creamline Coolsmashers. However, despite the threat of going against the Valdez-lead squad, the Army will not back down. This will be the team’s first semi-finals appearance in the league, and expect that the team will make the most out of it. 

The Army will rely on their veterans, and their main hitter, Jovelyn Gonzaga. Expect MVP candidate Jovelyn Gonzaga to lead the Army to go past the Coolasmashers. 

Meanwhile, it is already expected that Creamline will enter the playoffs. As the defending champions, this squad is more pressured especially that they are set to meet international opponents. This team’s playoff experience will be their edge against the playoff-rookie Army. 

Additionally, Alyssa Valdez, Tots Carlos, and Jema Galanza, will take charge of their match against the Army. Fans can look forward to an outstanding game from these former MVPs. 

These two teams are set to meet on August 4, 2:30PM (GMT+8).

Prediction:

Creamline Coolsmashers (2.5)
Odds: -0.77

Cignal HD Spikers vs PLDT High Speed Hitters

PVL: PLDT vs Cignal
Photo courtesy of Tiebreaker Times

PLDT was able to clinch a playoff spot after they defeated sister team Cignal in their last game in the eliminations. PLDT had a good first and second set during their game, but Cignal managed to fight back and close PLDT’s lead during the third quarter. 

Moreover, Cignal had a good conference, not until only eight players left on their bench after some of their players were placed under health protocol. They will begin their playoff berth short-handed, but this team will surely give PLDT a decent match. 

Mika Reyes will lead PLDT in this match. Cignal on the other hand is playing short-handed this match. Klarisa Abriam and Gel Cayuna are expected to lead the team. 

These two teams will meet at August 4, 5:30PM (GMT+8).

Prediction:

PLDT High Speed Hitters (1.5)
Odds: -0.72

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