PVL: Bright praises locals in first win
Mark Escarlote on Jun 01, 2019 06:24 PM
I'm grateful because that helps us imports with the locals continuing to better themselves as well. They are able to come in and just fill those little voids -- Kia Bright on BanKo's locals
American import Kia Bright made amends from a dry spell the last time out with a great game for BanKo but was quick to point out at the Perlas Spikers’ team effort that helped them barge in the win column of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
Deflecting to take the credit in spite of her all-around performance, Bright praised BanKo’s locals for stepping up to challenge to bring down BaliPure, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan in the Perlas Spikers’ first of back-to-back weekend schedule.
“I just want to make sure I played harder or tried harder or try to save those that I could for my team because they are going out there, they are doing amazing things,” said Bright, who got plenty of help on offense from the locals led by Kathy Bersola.
“I'm seeing improvements. And I'm grateful because that helps us imports with the locals continuing to better themselves as well. They are able to come in and just fill those little voids,” added Bright. “So, I think everyone is going out there giving it their best. And I think that it's a team win and a team playing now. So, I think that's what's really good for us, playing as a whole and not six individuals.”
Kathy Bersola scored 15 points including six kill blocks while Nicole Tiamzon and Turkish reinforcement Yasemin Yildirim finished with 13 and 11 markers, respectively. Dzi Gervacio added eight markers while Jem Ferrer tallied 29 excellent sets for BanKo.
Bright, who is on her second stint as BanKo’s reinforcement, was limited to only six points in the Perlas Spikers’ straight sets loss at the hands of PetroGazz.
Personally, i felt that I never really got in a rhythm and I know like my role coming on this team,” she said. “So, if anything, I really felt like I let them down, as well as I know I can do better.”
Bright had 12 attacks and four kill blocks with seven digs.
“If anything, I really think we really should put that behind me because again, this is the beginning of the season. So, I don't want to let that starter game to just bum me out completely.
Bright and the Perlas Spikers will take on defending champion Creamline on Sunday.
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