PETRON import Alaina Bergsma stayed true to her words.
Thirty six days after admitting she came over here ‘looking for a championship, for another crown,’ the American beauty queen got exactly what she wanted after the Blaze Boosters clinched the title of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix Sunday night following a four-set romp over Generika at the Astrodome.
The Blaze Boosters demolished the opposition, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-9, to become the first team in league history to win the championship outside of three-time winner Philippine Army.
Bergsma was a big part of it as she proved unstoppable especially in the third and fourth sets en route to being named as the Most Valuable Player.
“When we started the season, we really wanted to win the championship,” the former Miss Oregon, USA told a handful of sportswriters after the winner-take-all tile match.
“And be able to just get that done, that’s every team’s goal going into the season,” she stressed. “But our team had the advantage going into the (championship) game. I’m just happy.”
But winning the MVP trophy was not included in her bucket list upon coming over in the Philippines.
Instead, the tournament’s top player gave credit to Erica Adachi, the Brazilian-Japanese setter of Petron, and to the rest of her local teammates.
“I didn’t expect to be most valuable player,” she said. “There are lots of good players here especially the imports.”
“For me, I’m just playing for my teammates. It’s not about me,” she added.
“Erica’s giving me great sets, we were playing great defense. For me that’s my goal to play like that all the time. I was just thinking playing for my teammates, wanting to score for them, wanting to win this championship for them.”
Bergsma actually did not only win the crown, but also won the hearts of adoring Filipino fans, who went crazy either when she scored a point inside the court or plainly seeing the 24-year-old beauteous player in person.
“The fans are incredible, the people here are just so happy and welcoming. Definitely makes me want to come back,” said the American beauty queen, who admitted that Filipinos' social media-crazy attitude rubbed off in her.
After more than two months of stay in the country, the Filipinos’ hospitality will be the thing that Bergsma will miss most.
“I’ll miss the the people,” she said with a bright smile on her face. “Because the people in general, are just so happy. Like when I walk down the street people are like ‘good morning ma’am’. When I go home, I’ll tell more people to come and visit here because it’s beautiful.”
The Petron import will finally leave the country on Tuesday morning to be with her husband, Kevin Colbe, who is based in China.
“Unfortunately I can’t stay. I am married. It’s time to spend some time with my husband before my next season so I’ll be with my husband the next month,” she said.