PVL: Johnson drops 31 as Water Defenders clinch first win
Mark Escarlote on May 16, 2018 06:49 PM
BaliPure barged in the win column after surviving a five-set match over Petro Gazz behind debuting import Janisa Johnson's 31-point outing.
Janisa Johnson announced her arrival with a scintillating performance to power the high school standouts-bannered BaliPure-National University, 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 22-25, 15-12, past listless Petro Gazz Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The American import debuted with 31 points with 27 coming off attacks including the match-clinching hit that gave the Water Defenders their first taste of victory after two matches.
“The addition of Johnson was greatly appreciated today,” said Water Defenders coach Babes Castillo.
Former UAAP high school Most Valuable Player Princess Robles scored 17 points off 13 kills, a kill block and three aces including a crucial service winner that gave BaliPure a 12-8 separation in the fifth frame. American reinforcement Alexis Matthews had 15 markers for the Water Defenders, who took the win despite giving away 46 points off errors. Roselyn Doria scored nine.
BaliPure broke out of an 8-8 deadlock in the fifth frame with back-to-back miscues before Johnson scored on a hit. Robles nailed an ace for a 12-8 lead. Doria pushed the Water Defenders at match point, 14-10, before Petro Gazz saved two points.
The Angels remained winless in three games.
Ukranian import Anastasiia Trach had 22 markers while Estonian Kadi Kullerkann had 21 points for Petro Gazz, which dropped to 0-3 card. Rachel Austero posted 10 points.
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