I want to leave with a championship -- Rivers

Mark Escarlote on Jun 14, 2017 06:41 PM
I want to leave with a championship -- Rivers
I want to do everything I can to leave with a championship -- Pocari Sweat American import Krystal Rivers

A good and strong start.

This is what Pocari Sweat American import Krystal Rivers sees as key for the Lady Warriors to capture the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference crown Thursday against an equally dangerous BaliPure side at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The decider of the best-of-three championship series begins at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.

Pocari Sweat got into trouble early last Tuesday as the Lady Warriors surrendered Game 2 in a sorry five-set 15-25, 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 13-15, decision.

“We just have to focus on starting strong. That’s what we didn’t do as a team (in Game 2),” said the 5-foot-11 opposite hitter. “I think going to the next game, we’ll go and evaluate, watch the match, and focus on changing and doing better in the next game in starting strong.”

Rivers, who played for Alabama in the US NCAA, tallied 26 points in their loss but admitted that BaliPure made the necessary adjustments that gave her a harder time scoring compared to when she debuted last Saturday in the Lady Warriors’ four-set Game 1 win.

“I’m just going to go out there and play my game. They’re probably make adjustments so I have to adjust,” she said.

Aside from Rivers, Pocari Sweat will also bank on American guest player Michelle Strizak and locals Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga, setter Gyzelle Sy, Desiree Dadang and libero Mel Gohing to deliver the clubs third championship since winning it all last year in the V-League’s Open and Reinforced Conference.

Rivers, who only received her FIVB clearance to play a week ago after a long wait as replacement for injured Bosnian middle Edina Selimovic, vowed to make her first stint in the Philippines all worth it. 

“It’s pretty quick so I want to make the most of it, and making the most of it is winning a championship,” said Rivers. “I want to do everything I can to leave with a championship.”



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