Perpetual sets championship showdown versus EAC
Mark Escarlote on Jan 15, 2016 05:53 PM
University of Perpetual Help arranged a best-of-three title duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.
University of Perpetual Help pocketed the last ticket to the 91st NCAA men’s volleyball championship round for a chance to regain the title the Altas surrendered last year.
The Las Pinas-based squad, which went to the Final Four with a twice-to-beat advantage, needed to dig deep to finish off the third seeded College of St. Benilde Blazers, 33-31, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 15-9, Friday at The Arena in San Juan to arrange a best-of-three title duel with the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.
Perpetual, the former champion that saw its five-peat attempt go down the drain after falling short in the semis last year, banked on Rey Taneo Jr., brother Relan Taneo and Bonjomar Castel to carry the squad in the fifth set.
“Sabi ko sa mga players ko kanina, "puso lang ito (sa fifth set). Kung sino ang gustong manalo, siya ang mananalo,"” said UPHSD coach Sammy Acaylar.
Game One is on Tuesday.
Taneo Jr. scored 19 of his 21 points off kills while Relan Taneo and Bonjomar Castel, who suffered a sprained left ankle last Tuesday in a lost playoff match for the top seeding against the Generals, contributed with 13 markers each for Perpetual.
“It’s great, of course alam naman natin na basta sinabing Perpetual it’s volleyball,” added Acaylar on the Altas’ return to the Finals.
“Masaya kasi kapag sinabi mong Perpetual, Sammy Acaylar ang nakakabit gusto ko talagang manalo para nasa Finals kami,” added the mentor, who has 10 titles in the men’s division and four in the women’s.
The win also served as a revenge of some sort against CSB, which eliminated the Lady Altas in the women’s stepladder semifinals last Tuesday.
John Vic De Guzman scored 28 points in a lost cause while Racmade Etrone and Ron Jordan registered 14 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Blazers, who once again were denied of a chance for the crown after finishing second last season.
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