Janisa Johnson on Game One loss: “Creamline did their homework”

Petro Gazz reinforcement Janisa Johnson commended the Creamline Cool Smashers for “doing their homework” and defeating them in Game One of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference best-of-three finals.

The Angels find their backs against the wall after the Cool Smashers drew first blood in four sets, 26-24, 16-25, 16-25, 22-25, in their first game of the title series yesterday.

After a late resurgence in the first set, Petro Gazz seemed to lose steam in the next two sets, with Creamline finding rhythm in their balanced scoring efforts.

While the Angels tried to revive their game and led early in the fourth set, the Cool Smashers showed character and inched back to take the lead, eventually winning the set with a dramatic final point.

The defending champions proved too much for Johnson, who finished with 20 points and a triple-double performance to lead her team.

While fellow guest player Wilma Salas contributed 18 points, their efforts went to waste as their team committed 31 errors compared to Creamline’s 16.

The American reinforcement credited the Cool Smashers for studying them well and giving them a hard time, promising to do better in their next game.

“They did their homework. They have to study hard because it’s the finals, and they did good. But now we know how they studied us, so now we have to study them and be more prepared,” Johnson said.

Despite their scoring display, both Johnson and Salas struggled all throughout the game with the defending champions targeting the two of them with their heavy service game, forcing them to double the effort as usual.

While they tried to rally their team in the fourth set, it was already too late as the Cool Smashers already sealed the win, though the crucial final call by the officials left them upset.

However, there was no use dwelling on it, according to Johnson, who said that bad calls are part of the game.

“Bad calls happen—unfortunately it was bad timing for us in that point, but what can you do? You can’t go back and change anything. We’re pretty upset about that, but we can’t change that,” Johnson said.

The guest player also added that it was quiet in their dugout after the game, with everyone reflecting on how they can do better on their next game.

“It was quiet, but everyone’s reflecting—including myself. Of course we’re pissed and upset, but it’s not over yet. There’s another chance for us come Saturday,” she ended.

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