Bersola’s best week ends with Player of the Week nod
Perlas-BanKo's middle blocker Kathy Bersola notched the second Philips Gold-Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Press Corps Player of the Week from July 19 to 23.
Bersola started the week leading Perlas with 14 points, highlighted by five blocks, to take down her alma mater University of the Philippines, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, last Wednesday and had a career-high 24 in a 24-26, 13-25, 25-13, 25-22, 15-11 thriller over BaliPure that catapulted them to solo fourth place with a 3-3 (win-loss) record.
"Binigay lang talaga sa akin ng teammates ko 'yung pagkakataon na maka-score," said Bersola. "Siguro I took advantage na din sa mga ginagawa ng kalaban. We needed this win so everybody had to do their part. I just tried to do my best."
Bersola stood out among the three candidates – teammate Nicole Tiamzon, who was also instrumental in their two victories in a row, and Creamline Cool Smasher Rose Marie Vargas.
The 5-foot-11 middle blocker is fifth in the Best Blocker race with 13 kill blocks out of 91 attempts (20 faults and 58 rebounds) with a 0.50 average by set. She is also 16th in scoring with a total of 64 points built on 49 spikes 13 blocks and two aces.
Perlas, which missed the chance to make it to the semis in the previous Reinforced Conference, has a tall mountain to climb in clinching at least a playoff for the last semifinals berth when it takes on the unscathed leader Creamline in its last assignment on July 30.
And Bersola vows to go all out in that game with the help of her teammates.
"We were talking and sinabi namin na we needed to perform better this conference," she said. "It's a lot about pride as players for us na we just can't let ourselves lose. Kailangan namin ipakita 'yung palaban namin na attitude."