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.
“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.
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.