PVL: Lymareva-Flink provides extra firepower for surging Angels
Mark Escarlote on May 26, 2018 06:35 PM
Petro Gazz found a new weapon in replacement import Ukrainian Olena Lymareva-Flink.
Ukrainian Olena Lymareva-Flink felt that she could’ve done better for Petro Gazz if not for some first game jitters and a little too much excitement on her part.
The Angels’ import, who replaced injured Kadi Kullerkann of Estonia, made a quick impact as she scored 16 points in Petro Gazz’s 25-22, 30-28, 25-13, demolition of Iriga-Navy in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
“I think I just got too excited,” said the 25-year old spiker.
Lymareva-Flink had 12 attacks on 32 attempts and four service aces while adding 14 digs for the Angels.
“Before the game I was afraid to make some mistakes that’s why I didn’t kill all the balls,” she said. “Normally I’m a strong spiker but I only had one practice with our main setter.”
The reinforcement, who was tapped to take the place of Kullerkann after the Estonian aggravated her lingering left knee injury, arrived last Thursday and went straight into practice even after a 30-hour travel.
“I decided it would be much better for me to come here and feel the ball,” said Lymareva-Flink. “I felt that I should prepare myself for the game.”
Head coach Jerry Yee praised his new import for her dedication to help the team.
“Ang sipag niya eh. Pagdating niya ng Thursday, alam ko may nine-hour layover, may 30 hours na nakaupo lang siya eh. Pagdating niya ng Thursday ayaw niya na magpahinga lang eh. Gusto niya kaagad ma-feel yung bola,” Yee said.
Petro Gazz won its second straight after dropping its first three games.
The Angels will close the prelims against Pocari Sweat-Air Force and Paymaya.
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