Rupia Inck says Perlas needs to focus on match, not Pocari Sweat's import issues
Brazil's Rupia Inck urges Perlas to be prepared for a tough match against a Pocari side that has been doing well with only one import.

WHILE all the talk is about Pocari Sweat’s import issues, Brazil’s Rupia Inck is blocking out the distraction as Perlas tries to keep alive its semifinal hopes alive in Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

Inck says it doesn’t matter whether Pocari Sweat’s new import gets the clearance to play, saying Perlas needs to take care of its own business and prepare hard for the match.

Krystal Rivers is yet to secure an International Transfer Certificate but Pocari Sweat coach Rommel Abella said on Tuesday the American import could see action against Perlas.

The match is set at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.

[See Perlas stays in hunt for PVL semifinal berth after five set win over Air Force]

“If we’re thinking too much if she’s  playing or not we’re not gonna do our own job,” said Inck. “So if she comes we’ll just block her and hit her, we don’t care, we just need to go out and play that’s our focus now.”

Perlas needs to win the match to force a tie with Pocari Sweat while the match between Creamline (1-1) and Air Force (0-2) at 4:00 p.m. can also make or break the Spikers’ chances. 

The Spikers, who also have Japanese setter Naoko Hashimoto, hold a 1-1 win-loss record in the second round-robin phase of the tournament.

“This league is really unpredictable, you can expect anything from anyone. (But) were always ready,” said Inck.

[See Pocari Sweat hits out at LVPI as replacement import once again unable to secure ITC]

Pocari Sweat has been doing well even after the departure of Edina Selimovic due to an injury, and now holds a 2-0 card in the second phase, one win away from the semifinals.

Michelle Strizak has been leading the way for Pocari, which also got a boost with the return of top local Myla Pablo from injury.

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