Janisa Johnson on Petro Gazz’s first title: ‘I wanted them to experience a championship’

Knowing her team hasn’t won a championship before, American reinforcement Janisa Johnson used that as motivation to take Game Three and give her squad the glory they’ve been waiting for.

Johnson and the Petro Gazz Angels made history as they finally clinched their first title after overpowering the Creamline Cool Smashers in four sets, 25-15, 28-30, 25-23, 25-19, earlier in Game Three of the 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

Johnson, together with fellow guest player Wilma Salas, carried their team’s offensive arsenal that turned out to be too strong for the Cool Smashers.

It was sheer domination for Salas and Johnson who led the Angels anew with 30 and 23 points, respectively. The prolific duo scored 53 out of the 103 points garnered by their team.

Johnson, for her stellar performance all throughout the title series, finished the season with the Finals Most Valuable Player award.

While individual awards aren’t really what she aims for, the American reinforcement expressed her happiness with the award knowing that she did her best for her squad.

“It feels nice–I don’t know how it’s going to fit into my bag but I’m going to try to fit it in there,” Johnson said jokingly.

 

“For me, awards aren’t what I try to achieve but when I win one, I take it all to heart because it’s a great accomplishment,” she added.

It was a better campaign this time around for Johnson, who first played in the country in last year’s reinforced conference with the Balipure-National University squad.

Johnson said this title run felt special for her, wanting her teammates to experience a championship moment knowing that the squad waited for this moment for a long time.

“Like I’ve said before, I’m doing it for the girls because I know what it feels like to win a championship but the other girls don’t–I wanted them to experience what I’ve experienced before. We’re all new and I wanted to do everything I could just to get us the championship,” Johnson said.

The American national also thanked her teammates for an amazing run this conference as she finally clinched a gold medal in the league after failing to do so last year.

With the championship secured, Johnson said she can finally now enjoy the rest of her stay here in the country with the pressure off her shoulders.

“I know last year was my first year so I was new to everything, but this year I felt comfortable and I felt like all the girls made it easy for me to be here,” Johnson said.

 

“Now that we’ve won, it’s like a weight lifted off my shoulder. I can finally enjoy the wind and I can enjoy the rest of my time here,” she ended.

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