Pocari Sweat names American reinforcements
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2018 08:00 PM
(From left) Pocari Sweat American imports Maddie Palmer and Arielle Love with team manager Atty. Ken Mirasol.
Pocari Sweat-Air Force flew in a pair of blue chip American imports to help the Lady Warriors in their quest for back-to-back Reinforced Conference titles in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2.
US NCAA Division 1 veterans Maddie Palmer and Arielle Love will beef up the Lady Warriors’ line-up in the import-laden tournament set to open shop on May 6.
The duo will team up with the holdovers of last year’s championship core in power hitter Myla Pablo, Elaine Kasilag and Jeannette Panaga with new recruit Cesca Racraquin.
Love is an accomplished product of Duquesne University while Palmer played for Radford University with a couple of school records under her belt.
Love helped the Dukes land a breakthrough NCAA tournament appearance in 2013 in her junior year. She was the program's first-ever Division 1 Player of the Week, and the first Duke player to be included in the Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference.
Palmer was the Big South Player of the Year in 2016 and 17, and on her senior year powered the Highlanders to the NCAA. She holds the schools kills and digs record making her an important piece for Pocari Sweat’s offense and defense in the battles ahead.
Palmer and Love will be on their first professional stint.
"Watching the videos, I saw that the fans just get super into it. That's one of the things I'm very excited about; that the fanbase is huge," said Palmer.
Both reinforcements will have huge shoes to fill after compatriots Michele Strizak and Krystal Rivers delivered the Federated Distributors, Inc. franchise to the throne last year – the team’s third straight title after dominating the defunct V-League’s Reinforced and Open conferences.
"Pocari has great tradition and we're looking to bring that championship back. I'm really looking forward to doing great things," said the Ohio native Love.
Joining the Lady Warriors are Air Force veterans Wendy Semana, Gena Andaya, Mary Ann Balmaceda, Mary Ann Pantino, Iari Yongco, Angel Antipuesto, Mae Crisostomo and middle blocker Dell Palomata.
Jasper Jimenez will call the shot for Pocari Sweat-Air Force.