TOP-SEED Creamline mixes it up with No. 4 F2 Logistics while second-ranked Petro Gazz slugs it out with No. 3 PLDT in a pair of best-of-three semifinal matches in the Premier Volleyball League All Filipino Conference on March 18, 2023 at the Philsports Arena.

The Cool Smashers, boasting of talents like Tots Carlos, Ced Domingo, Michele Gumabao, Pangs Panaga and Jema Galanza, and the Myla Pablo-Kim Dy-led Cargo Movers face off at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Philsports Arena with the defending champions raring to get back at the very team which scuttled their sweep bid and inflicted their lone loss in five-set fashion in the elims on Feb. 18.

But F2 Logistics, backstopped by Aby Maraño, Ara Galang and Ivy Lacsina, is more than ready to prove its real worth.

Like F2 Logistics, PLDT sets out for its 6:30 p.m. encounter with Petro Gazz enjoying the so-called psychological edge after the High Speed Hitters tripped the Angels, also in five, on Feb. 23.

While F2 Logistics and PLDT flashed poise in pulling off those escape wins, Creamline and Petro Gazz still pack the firepower and experience observers note could spell the difference in these kinds of battles.

Still, PLDT and F2 Logistics have shown winning big games is also about rising to the challenge and both are more than motivated to do a reprise and fuel their respective title drive.