Carino resigns as Lady Blazers coach
Macky Carino gave Djanel Cheng a tight hug after College of St. Benilde's championship run in Season 91 of the NCAA women's volleyball competition.
Macky Carino stepped down as head coach of College of St. Benilde’s women’s volleyball team after four seasons with the Lady Blazers.
The mentor cited that he left the Lady Blazers because he wanted to concentrate on his position as assistant coach of Sta. Lucia, which is currently on the thick of the battle in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, and as deputy of Sammy Acaylar in the men's national team.
He tendered his resignation last Wednesday with less than a month before the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition where the Taft-based squad is looking to reclaim the crown it lost last season.
Under Carino, the Lady Blazers were able finish third in Season 89 and 90 before claiming the school’s breakthrough title in Season 91.
With Jannine Navarro, setter Djanel Cheng, Jeanette Panaga and Ranya Musa as his main weapons, the Lady Blazers survived two do-or-die games in the stepladder semifinals, dethroning Season 90 champion Arellano University in the last knockout match to book a showdown with the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian College.
CSB shocked the Grethcel Soltones-led Lady Stags in their first two meetings before SSC-R forced a winner-take-all in the series eventually won by the Lady Blazers in Navarro and Cheng’s swan songs.
CSB lost its crown early this year, falling victim to eventual champions Lady Chiefs in the last stage of the stepladder semis.
Carino left a young team composed of graduating player Musa, Rachel Austero and newcomers Marites Pablo, Klarissa Abriam and Felicia Cui. He last called the shots for CSB during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference last month.
CSB has yet to formally name Carino's replacement.
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