Perpetual owns NCAA Season 93 men's volleyball
Mark Escarlote on Feb 22, 2018 06:29 PM
University of Perpetual Help claimed the throne of the 93rd NCAA men's volleyball competition after downing Arellano University in Game 3 of the Finals.
University of Perpetual Help lost its starting setter Warren Catipay in the opening set but unearthed the same fire that brought them outright in Finals as the Altas claimed the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball throne in a dramatic 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, victory over Arellano University Thursday.
The Altas overcame seven-point deficit in the fourth set to eke out a thrilling come-from-behind closing run as Perpetual annexed its 11th title overall.
“You know I always told my players, nothing is impossible,” said Perpetual coach Sammy Acaylar, who steered the school to all of its titles. “Nangyari sa amin ‘yan during our championship with EAC (Emilio Aguinaldo College in Season 91).”
“Pag hindi ka nag-give up, ibibigay sa inyo ni Lord. Once dumikit, ibig sabihin atin yan Walang gi-give up talaga,” he added.
Rookie of the Year and Season Most Valuable Player Joebert Almodiel paced the Las Pinas-based squad with 19 points off 16 attacks and three kill blocks while adding 14 excellent receptions. Finals MVP Rey Taneo added 11 markers and dished out 22 excellent sets with seven digs for Perpetual.
Ronniel Rosales had 10 points while James Bation and Jon Patrick Ramos added nine markers each for the Altas.
Down 12-19 deficit in the fourth set, Perpetual answered with a huge 12-3 scoring blitz capped by Ridzuan Muhali’s kill that pushed the Altas at match point, 24-22. Christian Dela Paz saved a match point on a kill before Ramos sealed the championship with a quick kill at the middle off a set from graduating player Taneo, who was switched to setter position from playing opposite after Catipay injured his right foot late in the first set.
"Sabi ko they have to play, they have to trust everybody," said Acaylar on their fourth set comeback. "Nagtitiwala ako sa lahat ng players ko. Bawat isa sa kanila, nagbibigay ng puntos yan, and bawat isa diyan ay lucky charm."
Arellano U, which dethroned College of St. Benilde in the stepladder semifinals, took the series opener 12-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-9, that handed Perpetual its first loss of the season after sweeping the nine-game elimination round. The Altas tied the series, 1-1, after a four-set 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, victory over the Chiefs on Monday.
Dela Paz got 16 points while Demy Lapuz scored 12 for the Chiefs, who are still trying to capture the elusive crown since they joined the league in 2009. Kevin Liberato and John Cabillan finished with nine markers each for Arellano U.
In the juniors division, Perpetual extended its dynastic reign after completing a four-peat after an emphatic 25-17, 25-17, 25-17, Game 2 sweep of Letran in their best-of-three series.
Ivan Encila and Noel Michael Kampton fired 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Jody Margaux Severo played an all-around game with nine points, nine digs and 15 excellent receptions to help the Junior Altas capture their 10th title overall.
“Masayang-masaya. Tanggal lahat ng pagod, stress at sakripisyo, nabura lahat,” said Perpetual Help coach Sandy Rieta, the architect of the school’s dynasty.
The Junior Altas took the series opener in four sets, 25-16, 25-15, 20-25, 25-20 on Monday.
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