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    Pocari-Balipure evenly matched even as Krystal Rivers joins Lady Warriors, says Rommel Abella

    Jun 9, 2017
    Rommel Abella's offense got a big boost with Michelle Strizak being joined by Krystal Rivers. Jerome Ascano

    COACH Rommel Abella is glad Pocari Sweat got an added boost with import Krystal Rivers cleared to play, but says it doesn’t make them favorites over BaliPure in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference finals.

    The American hitter finally got the clearance from the international volleyball federation FIVB to play in the PVL on Thursday and is set to play for the first time with the Lady Warriors on Saturday in the opener of the best-of-three title series.

    “Hindi naman llamado, parang ‘yung finals, parang toss coin na lang kasi malakas din naman ang Bali Pure, kumpleto rin sila,” he said.

    [See Pressure eased on Myla Pablo with Pocari import Krystal Rivers cleared to play in PVL finals]

    Rivers was brought over a week ago to replace the injured Edina Selimovic. An email on Thursday from Carlos Roberto de Assis, FIVB International Transfer Coordinator, confirmed the 6-foot-1 opposite hitter has been cleared to play.

    The development could be an instant boost, but Abella noted it may also affect the other players’ rhythm because even though she has been training with the team for a week, a competitive match is much different.

    Michelle Strizak of the US and Myla Pablo have been leading the Lady Warriors for the past two weeks.

    “I guess ’yung sa amin naman kasi, pareho naman kaming magkakaroon ng adjustments - us with playing with Krystal, and them (Balipure) playing against Krystal,” he said.

    “So who makes the better or the quicker adjustments, malamang ‘yun ang mananalo,” he added.

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