MANILA, Philippines — Religion Nisperos relished her head-to-head in opposition to her idol Alyssa Valdez as she and the Akari Chargers put up a gallant stand in opposition to the defending champions Creamline Cool Smashers within the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitational Convention.
Nisperos unleashed her greatest PVL recreation thus far with a game-high 18 factors with Akari handing the primary set lack of Creamline earlier than yielding with a 19-25, 26-24, 24-26, 19-25 defeat on Saturday at Philsports Enviornment.
“Going into at the moment’s recreation, I used to be very excited as a result of the folks I used to simply watch I can now play in opposition to. It’s a problem for myself, now that I’m right here on the identical stage as her, I used to be pondering what else I can present?” shared the PVL rookie on dealing with the gamers she seems to be as much as.
The previous Ateneo captain was happy together with her efficiency in opposition to her idol Valdez, who helped Creamline full a four-game Pool A sweep with 12 factors and 9 digs.
“I believe I’m proud of what I did with the efficiency at the moment. However after all, we didn’t get the win that’s what actually issues proper now. As a staff we nonetheless have loads to study,” Nisperos mentioned.
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Posted by Inquirer Sports on Saturday, July 15, 2023
Former three-time UAAP MVP, who steered Ateneo to back-to-back championships within the 2014 and 2015 seasons, praised the sport of Nisperos.
“I’ve been cheering on for Ateneo and for her throughout these instances. It’s good that we’re enjoying now within the skilled league,” Valdez mentioned. “Actually, we’re actually studying loads from the rookies. Hopefully, in addition they study from the veterans who’re nonetheless enjoying right here within the PVL. ”
“However it’s simply so good to see her carry out and actually performed properly in at the moment’s recreation, that why I can’t await her to truly make issues more durable for groups right here within the PVL,” she added.
Regardless of being relegated to the classification spherical with their third straight loss, Nisperos remained happy with her staff’s struggle in opposition to the defending champions.
“I’m very happy with our staff as a result of we actually labored exhausting, we actually appeared on what we might do inside ourselves and likewise in opposition to Creamline. We actually adjusted. I’m glad that we actually stick with the sport plan and it actually labored–you’ll be able to see within the shut units, in the course of the break factors. However when issues get robust, that’s the place you actually see the expertise of Creamline,” Nisperos mentioned.
“After all, they’re a champion staff so you’ll be able to see their composure. And for us challengers, we’re grateful that we’re in a position to face them as a result of we might study from it being in opposition to a champion staff.”
Akari wraps up its group marketing campaign in opposition to fellow winless staff Gerflor on Tuesday earlier than heading to the classification spherical.
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