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    BaliPure libero Bermillo left in tears after hit from import Dzakovic

    Jun 29, 2019

    BALIPURE libero Jewelle Bermillo was left in tears after import Danijela Dzakovic struck her on the nape after a digging miscommunication between them in the first set of their three-set loss to Creamline.

    With the Cool Smashers at set point, 24-19 in the Premier Volleyball League game, Creamline star Jema Galanza hit an off-speed spike that had the young libero getting in the way of the Montenigrin reinforcement's receiving.

    Dzakovic couldn’t hide her frustration and hit Bermillo, leaving everyone inside The Arena in San Juan in shock.


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    Bermillo couldn’t hold back her tears as her contact lens also fell from the impact of Dzakovic’s strike, but nonetheless accepted the apology right away.

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    “Miscommunication kaming dalawa parehas kaming nag-mine tapos parehas namin in-attempt yung bola,” said Bermillo. “Nag-apologize naman siya, sabi niya nadala lang siya sa emosyon niya.”

    “Sobrang nagulat ako. Tinawanan ko po pero hindi ko napigilan sobrang sakit pero okay lang part ng game,” she added. “Sa sobrang lakas po natanggal yung contact lens ko.”


    Dzakovic, for her part, was quick to admit her mistake and apologize, saying she was too emotional. But she assured that everything’s okay between her and Bermillo after the two talked after the game.

    BaliPure head coach Rommel Abella said he understood that the strike was done in the heat of the moment, but made it clear he didn’t like what Dzakovic did to Bermillo.

    “Sabi ko sa import namin hindi maganda yung ginawa niya kahit sino or kahit saang country siya maglaro dapat hindi ganun yung ginawa niya,” he said.

    But Abella assured that everything is now okay among his players.

    “Naintindihan naman niya. Pagkatapos naman ng ginawa niya nag-sorry kaagad siya (kay Bermillo) yakap-yakap niya na yung libero namin. Siguro nga frustration tsaka heat of the moment patong-patong na siguro sa kanya,” he added.

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