Balipure is undeniably the youngest team in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
Parading the core of the high school volleyball program of the Nazareth School of National University and some holdovers from the collegiate team, the Water Defenders are surely up for a great challenge this conference.
Balipure, however, found a gem in Janisa Johnson as their newly-installed import.
The American played her first game with the squad today against the PetroGazz and she did not disappoint.
Johnson, who played two consecutive conferences in France before setting foot here, exploded for 31 points built on 27 kills and four aces in their five-set game against PetroGazz.
Asked how she feels playing with highschoolers, the 5-foot-10 import said it’s a new experience yet it feels refreshing on her part.
“It’s different but it’s kinda refreshing because I can help them and they can help me so it’s a give and take,” she said.
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“And they are so cute and adorable and it’s so nice,” she added.
The 26-year-old import also noted that she feels like a mom to these young players whenever they enter the taraflex floor.
“But it’s good to see that they listen and they give me feedback inside the court. It’s nice,” Johnson said.
As to the first game jitters, Johnson did not show some of it instead she showed a glimpse of her brilliance.
“I’m barely new here so the girls are still adjusting to me and they did a pretty good job. I know it’s a quick turn out that I go to practice to the games. But our setter did great, our libero did great, everyone did great,” Johnson said. “And we got the win that we want.”
For Johnson, her stint in the country will be a whole lot of new experience. Comparing it to her stint in France, Johnson said she will surely have fun here.
“I actually enjoy playing here because there’s a lot of pressure playing in France. And here I just can have fun, and I can learn from the girls and they can learn from me. It’s a nice breather,” the American said.