Imports happy, frustrated after long ITC wait finally over
Premier Volleyball League imports finally got the greenlight to play in the Reinforced Conference.
After a long wait, Premier Volleyball League imports finally got the chance to show off their skills and talents in the Reinforce Conference.
More than two weeks since the start of the tournament, the International Transfer Certificates of the foreign players of the six participating teams finally arrived early Thursday.
Bosnian Edina Selimovic and her American partner Michelle Strizak debuted on a high note for Pocari Sweat as they lead the Lady Warriors to a come-from-behind 18-25, 21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 15-13, win over BaliPure, which fielded its American import Jennifer Keddy and Thai reinforcement Jeng Bualee, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“It was great being back out there. I just love being out there on the court and I know every player does,” said Strizak, who had 16 points. “You just crave that feeling and it was awesome to be back there.”
Strizak, who arrived after the Holy Week, said that she felt frustrated stuck on the bleachers for her team’s first seven games.
“It was frustrating but it was not in our control. We just had to cheer for our team and hope we would eventually get to play and it was awesome,” she said adding that it was the first time that she ever experienced having trouble with her ITC.
“I don't think it's happened any other places but we got through it and now we're doing well,” said Strizak.
Selimovic among all the imports was the one who waited for so long to play. The Bosnian middle arrived has been in the country since January.
“It was frustrating because we are working and practicing together every day and we just come here to watch the games,” said Selimovic, who dropped 24 points in their win. “It’s just sad because we feel we coudn’t help our team and that was the worst feeling for us.”
For Keddy, it was a crazy day.
“This morning I woke up I could play and in the middle of the day I couldn’t play. I get picked up by my coach I could play, I put my jersey on, everything on, I can’t play. I take everything off, the girls are warming up outside, I could play! Surprise!” the American said.
“This for me, with that, which was annoying but I’m glad now we did play,” added Keddy, who finished with 21 markers in a lost cause.
Thai import Patcharee Saengmuang of Philippine Air Force was just relieved to be able to sweat it out inside the court.
“It felt good. It's been a long time, we've been waiting for it so I was very excited,” she said. “When we played, sarap!”
Unfortunately, her 11 points was not enough to save the Jet Spikers from a five-game skid after bowing down to Perlas, 23-25, 24-26, 13-25.
The Spikers opted to sit out Brazilian Rupia Inck and Japanese Naoko Hashimoto.
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