Walang hugot -- Perpetual coach Carino on booting out CSB
Hindi ako bitter or what. Masaya na ako kung ano ang kinalalagyan ko with my team ngayon and kung ano yung performance ng team ko doon ako naka-focus ngayon -- Perpetual Help coach Macky Carino
University of Perpetual Help coach Macky Carino was just happy his new team clinched a Final Four spot in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition.
He didn’t want to put any color on the victory that booted his former team College of St. Benilde out of the semifinals race for the first time in five years.
Carino steered the Lady Altas back into the Final Four with a 27-25, 25-23, 11-25, 32-30 win Tuesday at the expense of the Lady Blazers, the same squad that he brought to its first-ever title two years ago.
The mentor parted ways with the Taft-based squad just a couple of months before the start of the season. He was recruited by Perpetual as replacement for Sammy Acaylar, who was promoted as athletic director of the Las Pinas-bases school.
“Hindi ako bitter or what,” he said after the match that decided the composition of the Final Four cast. “Masaya na ako kung ano ang kinalalagyan ko with my team ngayon and kung ano yung performance ng team ko doon ako naka-focus ngayon.”
“Walang hugot,” added Carino, whose last stint with CSB was during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
But the mentor admitted that he felt sorry for Lady Blazers team captain Ranya Musa, who on her last game in college submitted 13 points and was at the bench when Jowie Alber Versoza smashed the back-to-back off the block kill that sealed the match and put CSB players into tears including her.
“Nalungkot lang ako kay Ranya,” said Carino, who is very close with his former players. “Kasi since the beginning noong pumasok ako sa CSB siya na talaga ang player ko. Talagang from nothing si Ranya hanggang sa mag-mature siya talaga.”
“Natapos ang career niya na, unfortunately, hindi siya nakapasok sa semifinals,” said Carino, who after the game gave the crying Lady Blazer a warm hug while exchanging a few jokes to appease Musa.
The Lady Altas will take on twice-to-beat San Beda in the Final Four starting Friday.
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