Expect ‘more surprises’ from Krystal Rivers, says Abella

Krystal Rivers had a smashing debut in the Philippines, but Pocari Sweat head coach Rommel Abella knows her heavy-hitting reinforcement has a lot more to show.

The replacement import for the injury-stricken Edina Selimovich scored a game-high 20 points in their Game 1 win against BaliPure and “more surprises” are expected from the 5-foot-11 opposite spiker once they try to close things out on Tuesday.

“Actually hindi pa kami masyadong na-impress, kasi based dun sa pina-practice niya sa amin, malayo. May alam kami na maibubuga pa siya, so we’re expecting a few more surprises coming from her,” Abella said.

Rivers had a shaky start in Game 1, but eventually settled in, providing highlight reels as the crowd gasped in anticipation.

“It was pretty awesome, it was a lot of fun, the energy from the fans were amazing,” she said in the post-game interview.

“It’s my first time playing for this stage, playing with a new team, it was tough to come in specially towards the end of the season and adjust to your teammates,” she said. The team was great on the court giving me positive energy, I just fed off from that just allowed my self to settle down, just play volelyball.”

The University of Alabama assured that she will give her heart on Tuesday when they try to wrap things up, despite being cut short to just two total playing dates in her less than a month of stay in the country.

“I’m really motivated, I’ve seen how much the team wants this, how much they fought for this. It’s been a season of adversity for this team. I just wanna go out there and do what I can for the team, and hopefully we can win the championship,” Rivers said.

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