ANTIPOLO CITY — Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson refused to take credit as Petro Gazz advanced to its first ever finals in the PVL.
Out of the podium places in their first two tournaments in the league, the Angels now have a shot at the title, arranging a showdown with the defending champions Creamline Cool Smashers.
With Johnson and Salas showing the way, the Angels went 9-1 in the eliminations and swept BanKo Perlas Spikers in the best-of-three semifinals.
But the two imports said coach Arnold Laniog’s other stars should be credited, such as Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag, Djanel Cheng and Cienne Cruz.
“It’s a great feeling, it’s the finals of course. We’ve been practicing and working hard the whole season for this moment,” Johnson told reporters after the second match of the semifinals against BanKo.
“I’m so happy and I think with the team, with the coach, with the girls, we made it to the finals,” Salas added. “I’m so excited because it’s my first time here and I feel happy for this. We’ll just wait for our next game.”
Both imports are hungry to win the PVL title, with Johnson winning a title two years ago in France, while Salas last entered a finals match in 2016 in Azerbaijan.
They know it won’t be easy against Creamline, which has won 11 consecutive matches and dealth the Angels their only loss.
“We know it’s not over yet but we are one step closer to what we’ve been working hard the whole season. I think we’re right there so we’re gonna keep working and give our all,” Johnson said. Lance Agcaoili