NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Gustong-gusto na naming manalo –- Imbo

Mark Escarlote on Jan 29, 2019 09:07 PM
Gustong-gusto na naming manalo –- Imbo
Actually, opo (hiningi ko ang bola) kasi gustong-gusto na naming manalo -- Cindy Imbo

Down by three points in the closing stretch of the fifth set, Cindy Imbo embraced the role as University of Perpetual Help’s go-to-girl at crunch time.

Imbo delivered the goods in a career performance that secured the Lady Altas’ ticket into the Finals of the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The open spiker dropped a personal-best and season-high 32 points as Perpetual booted out top seed and twice-to-beat College of St. Benilde, 25-17, 27-29, 19-25, 26-24, 16-14, in the Final Four to forge a championship showdown with two-time defending champion Arellano University.    

Second year head coach Macky Carino has nothing but praises for his ward.

“Puso. Bilib ako kay Cindy. Simula ng dumating ako sa Perps sobrang struggle ako rito eh,” said Carino of Imbo. “Sobrang pinagtyagaan ko talaga. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Day hindi pwedeng nagkokontrahan tayo sa ating dalawa. Dapat nagkakaintindihan tayong dalawa.’”

“Then finally noong na-realize niya. Kasi pina-realize ko sa kanya anong worth niya sa team, siya kasi ang sparkplug ng team,” added Carino, whose wards defeated his former team CSB in four sets last week in the semis opener.

Imbo punched in 29 attacks with two aces and a kill block in a great scoring display that saw her step up when Perpetual needed her the most.

“Actually, opo (hiningi ko ang bola) kasi gustong-gusto na naming manalo. Lalong lalo na po ang mga graduating po,” said Imbo, who is on her swan song together with skipper Bianca Tripoli, Jhona Rosal, setter Necelle Gual and Jowie Albert Versoza.

The Lady Altas mounted an incredible 12-1 scoring spurt capped by Imbo's easy drop off CSB's misreceive to take a 24-23 lead after trailing 22-12 in the fourth frame. The two squads traded service errors in the next play before Imbo completed the fourth set comeback with a hit.    

Perpetual again got caught in a 7-10 hole in the deciding frame before Imbo put matters on her own hands by scoring five of the Lady Altas’ six straight points to take a 13-10 lead. The Lady Blazers tied it at 14 before Imbo scored the last two points of the match including the championship berth-clinching ace.   

“Sabi namin sa kanya na every time na papangit ang laro mo nadadamay ang team and every time na maganda ang laro mo nakakahawa ka eh. Umaangat ng umaangat ang team,” said Carino. “Kapag gusto mong manalo mananalo at mananalo ang team.”

Perpetual will gain bank on Imbo’s scoring prowess and leadership when they meet the Lady Chiefs on Friday in Game 1 of the Finals.




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