Lady Warriors to unleash 'super import' Rivers in the Finals
Mark Escarlote on Jun 09, 2017 03:33 PM
American import Krsytal Rivers is expected to bring added firepower as Pocari Sweat begins its championship showdown with BaliPure on Saturday.
Pocari Sweat will formally parade its prized American import Krystal Rivers on Saturday when the Lady Warriors battle an equally dangerous BaliPure side in the Finals of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
Cleared to play after receiving confirmation from the International Volleyball Federation Thursday night, the power-hitting opposite spiker will add firepower to Pocari Sweat as the Lady Warriors try to continue their title romp after dominating the Open and Reinforced conferences of the V-League last year.
Her addition eases the scoring burden on another American reinforcement Michelle Strizak and local ace Myla Pablo, who have been shouldering the bulk of Pocari Sweat’s offense after Bosnian middle Edina Selimovic went down with a right hamstring injury at the close of the preliminary round.
“Oo naman (malaking bagay), sobra,” said Pablo on having the 5-foot-11 Rivers by their side in the best-of-three Finals series. “Kasi ‘yun nga, may katulong na naman kami ‘di ba?”
The series opener at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City begins at 6:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
The former University of Alabama standout has an impressive resume as she led her college team to a couple of NCAA Division 1 tournaments. She also holds the school’s all-time scoring record and is a part of the US national training pool.
Her presence will add more depth to an already solid roster led by Pablo, Strizak, Cai Nepomuceno, Desiree Dadang, Jeannette Panaga, ace setter Gyzelle Sy and veteran libero Melissa Gohing.
“Pag pumapalo talaga siya parang nacha-challenge kami lahat. ‘Pag pumapalo siya, hala, kailangan ano tayo (mag-step up),” said Pablo. “Sobrang lakas niya talaga, talon pa lang wala na ako (panama).”
But all is still yet to be proven inside the court if she’s good as advertised given her limited time to adapt with the Lady Warriors’ system.
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