A reloaded Banko-Perlas team will see action in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference as they gun for a much better finish this time around.
The team tapped the services of Brazilian spiker Rupia Inck and 2013 Asian Championship silver medalist Naoko Hashimoto last season.
With an intact core, the team will bring in a pair of power hitters from across the globe in American spiker Kia Bright and Thai veteran Jutarat Montripila.
Kia Bright (Outside Hitter)
The 5-foot-11 Bright is an alum of University of Central Florida who played in the Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletics Association.
On her final year with the UCF Knights, Bright led her team in kills and aces, amassing a total of 552 markers or 16.23 points per outing.
She is a three-time All-American Athletic Conference First Team inclusion and the only fifth player in UCF Volleyball history to join the 1,000-kills and 1,000-digs elite club.
The 22-year old Bright has been practicing with the Banko-Perlas Spikers for a couple of weeks now. Expect her to make an immediate impact when she debuts in the PVL stage.
BRIGHT future ahead, as the #BanKoPerlasSpikers introduce our first import, Kia Bright! 🖤
— BanKo Perlas Spikers (@PerlasSpikers) April 17, 2018
Jutarat Montripila (Outside Hitter)
Montripila is a long time member of multi-awarded club team Bangkok Class – who played both in local and international competitions.
BREAKING: Former Bangkok Glass spiker Jutarat joins Banko Perlas ahead of the #PVLonABSCBN Reinforced Conference.
— THA V🏐LLEYBALL (@thavolleyball) May 3, 2018
The 31-year old spiker is a two-time Thailand League titlist, two-time Thai-Denmark League champions and 2015 Asian Club Championship gold medalist.
Her personal accolades also include the 2015 Thailand League Most Valuable Player.
The 5-foot-8 Montripila is also a former Thailand national team member who won bronze in the 2014 Asian Games.
She may be new to the Philippine soil, but fans are definitely accustomed to the explosiveness of all the Thai imports who have set their foot in our local leagues. Expect her to bring the same energy and firepower for the Banko-Perlas Spikers.