Lady Blazers survive Lady Altas in stepladder semifinals

Mark Escarlote on Jan 12, 2016 07:13 PM
Lady Blazers survive Lady Altas in stepladder semifinals
College of St. Benilde outplayed Perpetual Help to survive the first phase of the 91st NCAA women's volleyball stepladder semifinals.

College of St. Benilde head coach Macky Carino exploited his familiarity with Perpetual Help’s system.

He was always a step ahead against Lady Altas coach Sammy Acaylar in a do-or-die match.

The protégé defeated his mentor.

The Lady Blazers advanced to the last phase of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball stepladder semifinals with a 16-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-21, win over Perpetual Help Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

CSB will take on the defending champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs on Friday in a winner-take-all clash for the right to face the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the championship round next week.

Carino was Acaylar’s assistant coach for a decade in Perpetual before he transferred to the Taft-based squad to take the head coaching role three years ago. He said that he knew most of the senior Lady Altas, their tendency and the system.

Each timeout, Carino, who is also Acaylar’s lieutenant for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga, would draw out a plan to counter Perpetual’s play. He was so familiar with Acaylar’s system that he specifically pointed out which opposing player to cover and to what zone to place their attacks.   

“Yes kasi galing nga ako doon kaya alam ko ang sistema niya. So parang na-anticipate ko na kung ano ang gagawin niya so kaya kailangan ang team ko naga-adjust sa possible na gagawin niya after ng timeout,” said Carino.

Janine Navarro and Ranya Musa led the Lady Blazers with 15 points each while Jeanette Panaga had 11 markers. Panaga and Musa built a solid wall in front of the net with six and five block kills, respectively.

CSB thwarted Perpetual’s attempt to force a decider with a closing 10-5 rally in the fourth frame after the Lady Altas went ahead 16-15 on a block kill by Ma. Lourdes Clemente on Panaga.

The Lady Altas missed a finals appearance for the second straight year.

Jamela Suyat posted 15 points while Coleen Bravo registered 11 in a lost cause for the Las Pinas-based squad.




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