PVL Finals: It's for the girls -- Johnson

Mark Escarlote on Jul 14, 2019 09:30 PM
PVL Finals: It's for the girls -- Johnson
I wanted them to experience what I've experienced before -- Janisa Johnson on winning the championship for PetroGazz

ANTIPOLO --- When American Janisa Johnson woke up Sunday morning for PetroGazz’s last dance with Creamline for the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference crown, she knew something big was about to happen.

Less than 24 hours after tying the best-of-three Finals series to a game apiece, the Angels completed an amazing championship run.  

“I mean since I woke up I had a good feeling and I tried to put in my mind that no matter what the score is you know we have to keep pushing and pushing,” said Johnson.

And push they did.

PetroGazz overcame a 0-1 series hole to dethrone the Cool Smashers, 25-15, 28-30, 25-23, 25-19, on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center here.

Johnson capped her incredible night with 23 points including the championship-clinching hit for the Angels’ ascent to their breakthrough title witnessed by a 5,710-strong crowd.   

The hitter didn’t need to look far for motivation.

“Like I said before I was doing it for the girls because I know what it feels like to win a championship, but the other girls don't,” said Johnson, who won a title in France last year. “And so I wanted them to experience what I've experienced before.”

“And of course, this team is new in the league,” added Johnson, who played in her second stint in the league after debuting with a very yung BaliPure team last year. “We’re all new so I just wanted to do everything I could just to, you know, get the team to where we had goals and you know, get us to the championship.”

Johnson together with Cuban Wilma Salas, who bagged the Best Foreign Best Player award, wreaked havoc throughout the conference with their high precision attacking prowess. With them at the helm, PetroGazz reached new heights as the Angels reached the Finals for the first time since joining the league last year.

The Angels dropped the series opener but were able to regroup in Game 2 on Saturday.

PetroGazz, with momentum on its side, marched back into action the following day to fulfill its destiny.

As an added bonus to cap her night, Johnson bagged a well-deserved Finals Most Valuable Player award.

“I don't know how it's (trophy) gonna fit  into my bag, but I'm gonna put it in there,” she joked. “But it's a great feeling. I mean, for me, awards, you know, aren't what I always try to achieve for but when I win one of course, I take it all to heart because for me, it's a great accomplishment. I couldn’t have done it without my team.”

Johnson will stay in Manila until the 20th before flying to France for another tournament. Salas, on the other hand, will return to Cuba on July 21 before flying to Poland for a tournament.



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