ANTIPOLO CITY — Finals MVP Janisa Johnson was fulfilled to accomplish her mission to deliver Petro Gazz’s first-ever title after a solid performance in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
After leading the way for the Angels in winning Game Two in four sets less than 24 hours ago to force a decider, Johnson expressed how eager she is to help her teammates to experience being crowned as champions.
“I know what it feels like to win a championship, but the other girls don't. And so I wanted them to experience what I've experienced before,” said the American import after dethroning Creamline, 25-15, 28-30, 25-23, 25-19, on Sunday’s rubber match at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
Johnson was a woman of her word as she nailed the two championship-winning spikes in the fourth set and had 23 points pairing with fellow import Wilma Salas’s 30-hit eruption to win the franchise’s first-ever crown since joining the league last year.
“I wanted to do everything I could just to get the team to where we had goals and get us to the championship,” she said.
Hours before the winner-take-all, Johnson woke up feeling good that Petro Gazz is going to prevail that’s why when they lost the second set and even got tied by Creamline in the fourth set, they stayed composed.
“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,” she shared. “14 and 14 in the fourth set but I still had that good feeling and I trust my teammates and I know that we've been better when we're down pushing ourselves up. We had a different feeling but it felt good the whole time.”
Johnson, who played for Bali Pure last year, was grateful to all the Angels, who made her and Salas feel at home and made the job easier for them in each game
“I know last year was my first year so I was new to everything but this year I felt comfortable I felt like all the girls made it easy for me to be here,” she said.
The American import is going to leave on July 20 for a club league in France, while the Cuban hitter Salas will be flying home to her country on the next day before heading to a league in Poland.
Johnson advises the locals bannered by Cherry Nunag, Jeanette Panaga, Paneng Mercado, Jonah Sabete, Djanel Cheng and Cienne Cruz to use this championship experience for the Open Conference starting on August 10.
“Keep this feeling they have now carried over to next season. Just because it's a new season but that doesn't mean start completely new,” Johnson expressed. “Just take whatever you learn from this past season and put it into next season to make it easier. Don't underestimate yourself.”