What a way to start my professional career -- Rivers
Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2017 11:29 PM
For sure (it was the best three-game tournament for me). It was my first professional experience. I only get to play in the championship round and I won a title. So hey, what a way to start my professional career -- Krystal Rivers
Short but sweet.
This is how Pocari Sweat American import Krystal Rivers described her first professional volleyball stint.
Rivers played for only three matches and she made the most out of it by helping the Lady Warriors conquer the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The 5-foot-11 opposite hitter came in as a replacement for injured Bosnian guest player Edina Selimovic but only received her clearance after a two-week wait just in time for Pocari Sweat’s best-of-three Finals series against BaliPure.
“For sure (it was the best three-game tournament for me). It was my first professional experience. I only get to play in the championship round and I won a title. So hey, what a way to start my professional career. Yeah, (short but sweet),” said Rivers, who scored 27 points in the Lady Warriors’ series-clinching, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19, Game 3 win Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Rivers, who played for Alabama in the US NCAA, was tapped by Pocari Sweat to replaced Selimovic, who suffered a tournament-ending right hamstring injury just after two games in the second round of the preliminary round. She arrived May 27 but had to sit it out until Game 3 of the best-of-three semifinals before getting the green-light to play.
Even after some struggles during her debut last Saturday, Rivers still played as good as advertised scoring 20 points in Pocari Sweat’s series opening four-set win.
She had 26 markers in Game 2 but the Lady Warriors fell short of completing a series sweep after a five-set setback last Tuesday.
Rivers vowed after that loss that she won’t leave the country without a title in tow.
“That was always the goal, you know? When I decided to come here, I knew Pocari has a great chance of winning the championship. I knew they were the defending champions that’s why I decided to come here and that was always the goal,” said Rivers, a fan-favorite because of her powerful and thunderous attacks. “It was amazing to actually win it, be a part of it and going home with the title.”
With her mission accomplished, Rivers can now enjoy the rest of her stay in the Philippines.
“I’ll be here for a few more weeks and I’m going back home,” she said.
Asked if she’ll back next year for another stint, this time a longer one, Rivers smiled and said, “I’m not sure but if opportunity presents itself and I’m free to come.”
“I’m gonna keep all possibilities open,” she added. “I wanna play volleyball as long as possible so if not next year, some time in the future.”
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