After putting import Kia Bright on a leash the last time out, BanKo parted ways with the Americana and brought in Thai reinforcement Sutadta Chuewulim.
The Thai national team member flew to Iloilo with the Perlas Spikers for their Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference encounter with defending champion Creamline at the University of San Agustin gym on Saturday.
Bright, who was in her second stint with the Perlas Spikers, saw limited minutes in BanKo’s 23-25, 11-25, 25-22, 20-25, defeat at the hands of league-leading PetroGazz last Wednesday.
She only played in the first two sets, coming off the bench in the opening frame before starting in the next. Bright, who averaged 16.2 points in the tournament, scored only one point.
BanKo declined to comment on the real score for Bright’s limited minutes, calling it a ‘coach and management decision’.
Chuewulim, who has played in the defunct V-League and the Philippine Superliga before, gives additional scoring punch for the Perlas Spikers and will bring more muscle to BanKo’s defense. Her all-around game fits the system of the Perlas Spikers and will complement the local crew led by Nicole Tiamzon, Kathy Bersola, Dzi Gervacio and Sue Roces.
BanKo is coming off a back-to-back loss for a 2-4 win-loss record and Chuewulim’s arrival could help the Perlas Spikers turn their campaign around.
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