Balik-impot Lena Lymareva hopes for a better showing this time with new team PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
“I want to show more than what I’ve shown last season,” said the Ukrainian reinforcement, who debuted last year under the PetroGazz Angels banner.
Lymareva averaged 8.7 points per game last year as the Angels finished fifth in the eight-team field.
After her stint in the PVL, Lymareva played in Finland and helped her club team win the championship.
“This year I want to win the championship (in the PVL). I like my team now. I’ve been here for a couple of days now, really nice girls, really good coach,” said Lymareva. “Our coach just came from a university league Finals and it’s good to see him back again in action. I really like everything here and I’m really happy that I got another offer here to play in the Philippines.”
Lymareva will add more firepower and depth to the Lady Troopers side composed of grizzled local veterans. And adjusting to her new team is a breeze.
“Everything is going really fine. They try to help me in everything and we’re finding this connection with the setter. We play like one team on the court and everything is working well. I think we’re going on the right way,” said Lymareva.
Lymareva will be backed by American Jenelle Jordan, who is making her debut in the PVL.
“I think we’ll do great. Honestly, I think these girls are prepared for it so I think we’ll do really well with the short schedule and quick games,” said the middle blocker, who is a product of University of California-Berkeley. “I think our practices are really well so we’re really prepared.”
Jordan also played in the Finnish league.
“When I learned that she’s going to play here with the same team as me I was very happy because I know how she plays,” said Lymareva referring to Jordan.
The American is excited to test her mettle in the Philippine style of play.
“I know absolutely nothing (about the Philippine style of play) but I just know that there’s really good volleyball and I’ve heard there’s always been good reputation from my friends,” said Jordan. “They say Filipino volleyball is fun and fast and it’s great with good competition.”
Helping Lymareva and Jordan are seasoned local stars Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ging Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista, Royse Tubino, Dahlia Cruz, Tin Agno, Angela Nunag, Lutgarda Malaluan, Jeannie Delos Reyes, Jem Gutierrez, Sarah Jane Gonzales and young setter Alina Bicar of University of Sto. Tomas with Kungfu Reyes as head coach.
PacificTown Army will begin its campaign on Sunday against returning BaliPure.
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