Janisa Johnson reintroduces herself as Petro Gazz stuns Creamline in straight-set win

After getting her first taste of Philippine volleyball last year, American reinforcement Janisa Johnson does some reintroducing as she makes her mark early in the tournament.

Johnson came up big for the Petro Gazz Angels as they stunned defending champions Creamline Cool Smashers in a straight-set victory, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22, in the opening day of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Anchoring their offensive arsenal to Johnson and Cuban national Wilma Salas, the Angels showed character against the Cool Smashers as they closed all windows for a possible comeback to snatch their first win of the tournament.

Creamline also faced additional trouble after scoring ace Alyssa Valdez went down with an injury in the second set.

Johnson collaborated with Salas as they scored 15 and 20 points respectively to lead the onslaught against the defending champions.

The 27-year-old open spiker, who played last conference with the young Balipure-NU Water Defenders, felt proud of her new team despite the adjustments she had to make.

“I’m proud of my team. I know I came late–there was a lot of adjusting with me, and I’m happy that we were able to put it all together and come out with the win,” Johnson said.

Despite committing 33 errors in their opening game, Petro Gazz made up for their lapses with their offense as they caught fire with 42 kills compared to Creamline’s 29.

No stranger to the Cool Smashers’ level of game, Johnson said she was prepared to face the defending champions this time around, adding how huge their win earlier was for their confidence.

“I remember them from last year so it’s not like I’m going in there completely blind as I was last year. It’s nice to know what they’re kind of doing, so I’m prepared this time around,” she said.

Facing the Banko Perlas Spikers on their next game, Johnson said she is excited to face fellow American reinforcement Kia Bright and bring a stronger game this time.

“I’m excited for it–she played a great game last time and I know I was a little off the last time I played them, but this time I will really try to bring it and give them all a challenge this time,” Johnson ended.

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