Three teams beef up roster for PVL Reinforced Conference

Published September 20, 2022, 12:35 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Three teams are already beefing up their rosters for their respective campaigns in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference which fires off Oct. 8.

Elena Savkina-Samoilenko

The PLDT High Speed Hitters are bringing Russian outside hitter Elena Savkina-Samoilenko to fuel the squad in the import-flavored competition.

The team made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 20, where the 27-year-old boasts of having played in pro leagues in Russia, France and Turkey.

Tai Bierria

Lindsey Vander Weide

Cignal and PetroGazz had earlier announced their imports for the tournament, with the HD Spikers bringing in Tai Bierria and the Angels acquiring Lindsey Vander Weide, also outside spikers.

The 6-foot-1 Bierria played for Memphis University and New Mexico University in US NCAA and then suited up for Polkky Kuusamo in Finland and Clamart Volley-Ball in France.

Vander Weide, meanwhile, played for the University of Oregon before seeing action in the Volley-Ball Nantes in France and Bekescsabai Roplabda SE in Hungary.

The 6-foot-3 standout last played with the AEK Athens in Greece.

The PVL last held a Reinforced Conference in 2019 where PetroGazz captured the crown. The Angels had Wilma Salas as their import, who eventually clinched the Best Foreign Player plum.