PVL: I feel like a mom to them – Johnson on young teammates
It’s different but you know it’s kind of refreshing because I can help them and they can help me and they’re so cute, they’re so adorable -- BaliPure import Janisa Johnson (no. 10)
More than playing for a club team for the first time in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference, American import Janisa Johnson liked the experience of teaching and learning from her young BaliPure-National University teammates.
Johnson debuted in style for the Water Defenders, composed of the core of four-time UAAP high school champion Nazareth School of NU, as the hitter scored 31 points Wednesday to hand BaliPure its first win in two games at the expense of winless Petro Gazz, 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 22-25, 15-12, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“It’s different but you know it’s kind of refreshing because I can help them and they can help me and they’re so cute, they’re so adorable,” said Johnson, who arrived last week but sat out BaliPure’s opening game.
“I feel like a mom to them on the court but it’s good to see them listen,” added Johnson, who came from two tournaments in France before suiting up for the Water Defenders.
Johnson enjoyed the role of being a mentor to a very young team and taking the high school players under her wings.
“Yeah, because when I was their age I don’t have someone pushing me, I didn’t have that kind experience myself, I have to learn from myself,” she said. “If I can help them in any way I can, then I would do it.”
“Actually I enjoy playing here more ‘cause there’s more pressure in France and here I can just have fun. I can learn from the girls and they can learn from me.”
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