Strizak sets PVL scoring record in Lady Warriors' loss
Mark Escarlote on May 25, 2017 05:50 PM
It doesnít matter how I do, I just want us to win so Iím like disappointed that we lost -- Pocari Sweat import Michelle Strizak
Pocari Sweat's American import Michelle Strizak registered her name in the record book after a monster performance that saw her establish the highest point total in a single game in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Thursday.
The only dampener though, was that even with her record-setting scoring effort, the Lady Warriors still slid to their second straight defeat and missed the last bus ride outright to the semifinals.
Strizak poured in a league-high 40 points in Pocari Sweat’s 19-25, 26-24, 27-25, 21-25, 6-15, defeat against Philippine Air Force to close the preliminary round.
“It doesn’t matter how I do, I just want us to win so I’m like disappointed that we lost,” said Strizak, who had 38 attack points off 86 attempts.
The 6-foot-1 open hitter added 12 digs on the defensive but had to double up on offense after Bosnian partner Edina Selimovic was ruled out of the season because of right hamstring tear while local ace Myla Pablo was rested for the second straight match after aggravating a lingering back spasm.
But Strizak downplayed her role as the main scoring option with the absence of Selimovic and Pablo.
“I think we have other (scoring) options. It’s just been hard that we’ve literally have different lineup every match,” she said. “Everybody else has had like a chance and an opportunity to get in some sort of rhythm with their lineup and we haven’t got that yet. But I think we’ll be OK.”
The reinforcement added that the pressure to perform well just got a little heavier.
“I think like every import here has a lot of expectations. It’s definitely gonna be harder without her (Selimovic),” she said. “But we’ve faced a lot of adversities this year so we’re just gonna keep on fighting.”
Pocari Sweat and the Power Smashers shared the second to third spots with 6-4 win-loss records.
Still, Strizak is confident Pocari Sweat is ready in the dangerous round robin quarterfinals where the last two best-of-three semis seats ar at stake.
“That’s gonna be a tougher road but we put that on ourselves and we didn’t take care of business when we needed to,” said Strizak. “So we’ll see what happens and then face it.”
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