PVL: I’m not shocked –- Johnson on Angels’ drubbing of Perlas Spikers

Mark Escarlote on May 30, 2019 07:26 AM
PVL: I’m not shocked –- Johnson
I’m not shocked because I know what this team is capable -- Janisa Johnson on PetroGazz's straight sets win over BanKo

American import Janisa Johnson was not surprised with PetroGazz’s straight sets drubbing of BanKo that put the Angels at solo top spot in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.

“I mean, I know we can do it and that’s our goal,” said Johnson after crushing the Perlas Spikers, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, on Wednesday. “Obviously we did it and I’m not shocked because I know what this team is capable.”

The Angels’ win came just three days after sweeping the defending champions Creamline Cool Smashers in their tournament opener.  

Johnson, who played for BaliPure last year, scored 21 points to lead the way for PetroGazz.

She registered an impressive 56% accuracy on attacks, hitting 19 kills in 34 attempts.

“I know what I have to do. Of course when I make a mistake I know how to fix it. I’m just trying to be accurate and precise all the time,” said Johnson.

Cuban reinforcement Wilma Salas also hit at a high percentage, hammering 15-of-31 spikes for an 18-point effort she laced with 14 excellent receptions and eight digs.

“I think we had a good game. The energy of the team, the coach and the girls were very high and we’re very happy,” said Salas, who flew in Saturday night just hours before the Angels first game.

Head coach Arnold Laniog praised his imports but also lauded the contributions of his locals.

Cherry Nunag scored eight points, Cai Baloaloa had six while Djanel Cheng tallied 17 excellent sets. Last year’s Best Libero Cienne Cruz posted 13 digs and 14 receives.

“Given these two imports na talagang high percentage of attacks kung ano ang mga pwedeng i-contribute ng mga locals yun yung more. Like si Djanel Cheng, she was instructed kung kailan niya pagaganahin ang imports and kung kailan papaganahin ang mga locals,” said Laniog.

The Angels landed 10 aces and had six kill blocks – the bulk coming from the locals.

“Yung mga locals kung ‘di naman nabibigyan ng bola there are lots of areas na pwede silang mag-contribute like sa block and sa serve na nangyari in this game which I think marami kaming blocks and service ace and yung floor defense,” he added. 

PetroGazz for its third straight win on Sunday against newcomer Motolite.

 

 

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