MANILA, Philippines – The Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors may parade a new import in their all-important Premier Volleyball League (PVL) showdown against Perlas on Thursday, but for import Rupia Inck, this should be the least of the Spikers’ concerns.
Pocari Sweat is hoping that their new import, Krystal Rivers, can secure her international transfer certificate (ITC) in time for their quarterfinal game on Thursday, as they try to secure their spot in the semifinals of the Reinforced Conference.
Brazil’s Inck is doubtful that Rivers can get clearance in time, and if she does, then she vows that Perlas will be ready for the former University of Alabama middle blocker.
“It doesn’t matter for us,” she said. “If we’re thinking too much if she’s gonna play or not, then we’re not going to do our own job.”
“If she comes, we’ll block her, we’ll hit her,” Inck promised. “We don’t care. We need to go out and play. That’s our focus now – execute well. Hitting, serving, passing, digging, we need to do everything well in order to win.”
Even if Rivers does not get her ITC in time for Thursday’s game, Pocari still has another powerful import in Michelle Strizak who has proven capable of carrying a team. In their five-set war against Creamline on Tuesday, Strizak torched the Cool Smashers for 30 points.
“She’s really tall, and she gets most of the balls,” Inck said of Strizak. “She was probably the player of the game (against Creamline). But at the same time, if we focus too much on her, we can’t play.”
“We’re focusing on ourselves, on getting together as a team,” she stressed. “We’re stronger together, I think that’s really the motto right now for us.”
Inck scored 30 points in Perlas’ five-set win over Air Force last Tuesday, which kept their semifinals bid alive. However, she pointed out that the game displayed the flaws that the Spikers need to fix, most notably their unforced errors.
They need to limit these errors in order to have a shot at taking down Pocari Sweat, which they have yet to beat in the Reinforced Conference.
“In one set, we had like eight service errors, and that’s not acceptable,” Inck said. “If we’re fighting to go to the semifinals, we can’t have these kinds of errors. We can make it easier for us. Hopefully, we focus on serving and lessen our unforced errors.”
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