Akari import Prisilla Rivera expressed her intention to come back to the Philippines and play again in the Premier Volleyball League after suiting up in her final game for the Chargers on Tuesday night.
“I’m glad to play in this league, it’s very well-organized and of course, I want to be in the finals next time. If possible, I want to play here again of course. It depends on Akari, but my heart right now is with Akari,” Rivera said in Spanish as translated by head coach Jorge Souza De Brito.
Rivera made sure that Akari would end its maiden campaign on a high note last night, dropping 32 points built on 29 attacks and three kill blocks in the team’s four-set upset of F2 Logistics at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The three-time Olympian also expressed her gratitude to the Philippine volleyball community with a simple gesture, writing the words ‘Thank you, Philippines fans’ on the tape on her left hand.
“I’m so happy. I love them,” said the 37-year-old Rivera.
Rivera left a lasting impression to Filipino fans after shattering the league’s scoring mark last November 4 against Choco Mucho where she scored 44 big points on 39 attacks, four service aces, and one kill block.
She led the young Chargers to a 3-5 win-loss record in the 2022 Reinforced Conference.