NCAA Season 94: Lady Altas shock Lady Chiefs to take series opener
Mark Escarlote on Feb 01, 2019 07:16 PM
University of Perpetual Help inched closer to ending a five-year title drought.
University of Perpetual Help started out cold.
The Lady Altas needed a little time to heat up but when they got their game going, Perpetual completed a come-from-behind 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20, win over two-time defending champion Arellano University in Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball best-of-three Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Friday.
Perpetual, which won their fifth straight game, recovered from a slow start to move a step closer to claiming its first title since winning it all in Season 89.
Game 2 is on February 8.
Graduating hitter Cindy Imbo punched in 16 attacks in her 18-point outing while adding 16 excellent receptions for the Lady Altas. Jhona Rosal had 12 markers, 10 coming off attacks, while Hannah Suico and Shyra Umandal got 10 points each for Perpetual, which landed 49 kill points behind graduating setter Necelle Gual's 23 excellent sets.
The Lady Altas got their rhythm going early in the second set to control the frame. With momentum on its side, Perpetual dictated the tone in the next two sets.
The Lady Altas opened a 17-11 lead in the fourth set before staving off the Lady Chiefs comeback attempt.
"Siyempre gusto kong bumawi sila agad. Sinabi ko hindi magiging madali yun kung di natin aayusin ang mga pagkukulang natin. 'Yun nga sa kanila nyo na narinig na maganda ang respond ng mga bata pagdating sa usapan namin," said Perpetual coach Macky Carino, who is looking to steer the Lady Altas to their fourth title overall.
"Then sabi ko one set at a time. Galing tayo sa talo so yung second set kailangan makuha muna natin then yung mg succeeding sets natin ilaro talaga natin ang pinaka-best natin and ayun nagawa naman nila," added Carino, whose squad survived four do-or-die games starting from the last two elims games before booting out twice-to-beat College of St. Benilde in the Final Four.
The Las Pinas-based squad also won in the men’s and juniors division Finals opening games and inched closer to completing a rare triple crown.
Regine Arocha was the only player in double figures for Arellano U with 17 points while Carla Donato and Mikaela Juanich had nine and eight markers, respectively.
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