PVL: Sobrang nahilo po ako -- Bermillo on Salas’ facial

Mark Escarlote on Jun 05, 2019 08:02 PM
PVL: Sobrang nahilo po ako -- Bermillo on Salas’ facial
PetroGazz's Cuban import Wilma Salas is murdering the opposition with her facials.

How powerful is PetroGazz’s Cuban import Wilma Salas’ spike?

Ask BaliPure’s libero Jewelle Bermillo, she has the answer.

The libero learned the hard way when she absorbed the brunt of Salas’ powerful crosscourt smash, getting hit on the left side of her head during the opening set of their Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.  

“Sobrang lakas po, as in. Sobrang nahilo po ako after nu’n di ko na alam,” said Bermillo referring to Salas’ facial on her in the Angels’ 25-19, 25-12, 25-15, drubbing of the Water Defenders.

Salas pounded the attack with the Angels up, 8-6, in the first set. Her contact on the ball was solid and was lightning-fast and it caught Bermillo off-guard.  

“Siguro po nagka-miss po ako, yung pagbasa ko kasi paglihis niya agad dapat iilagan ko po talaga kasi outside kaso tumama po sa tainga ko. Di ko po nailagan,” Bermillo recalled.

The impact was so devastating that the incoming San Sebastian College sophomore was slow to recover. 

“Sobrang sakit so nadala ko siya buong set. Parang di na po ako naka-recover,” she said.

Bermillo was rocked by a haymaker. 

“Gusto kong mag-timeout pero ‘OK di pwede’ balik ulit ako sa game. So kailangan ko ulit mag-recover kasi kailangan ako ng team,” said BaliPure’s only libero in the lineup.

Salas’ attack also floored Bermillo.

“Sa sobrang lakas nya po nadala nya rin po ako [pabagsak], ‘pagka bagsak ko tumama din ako doon sa floor sa sobrang lakas po talaga, as in,” said Bermillo.

The Water Defender was so groggy after getting hit in the head, she didn’t even see Salas apologize from the other side of the net.

“Di ko na po siya napansin kasi nahihilo na rin ako so apir-apir na lang po kaagad ako [sa teammates] ko. Siguro po nag-sorry siya pero di ko po nakita.   

Salas, for her part, said that it was unintentional.

“I’m sorry for that,” said Salas, who finished with 12 points – all from attacks – in the Angels’ fourth win in as many games.

“I tried [to avoid hitting anyone], but I don’t care [it’s part of the game]. Sorry,” said Salas.

BaliPure’s Grazielle Bombita agreed – another victim of Salas.

“Part ng game 'yun e. Sabi nga ni coach na kung ayaw niyo ma-facial, maglaro nalang kayo ng chess, 'di ba?” said Bombita, who was hit in the shoulderby a Salas missile also in the first set.

“So, it's normal para sa volleyball na tamaan ka sa mukha. Part ng game 'yun e,” she said.




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