NCAA Season 94: Perpetual continues to cling on never-say-die spirit
Mark Escarlote on Feb 01, 2019 09:48 PM
Alam kong ang mga batang ito gusto talagang manalo eh -- Perpetual coach Macky Carino on his wards
University of Perpetual Help saw itself in an early hole in Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Finals against defending two-time champion Arellano University.
An all too familiar situation.
The Lady Altas just kept their composure, the same way they did in their previous four games to clinch the last berth in the best-of-three championship, and it paid dividends.
“’Yung never-say-die spirit, ‘yung never-say-die attitude,” said Perpetual head coach Macky Carino of their mindset in facing adversity as the Lady Altas shocked the Lady Chiefs in a come-from-behind 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20, win Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Las Pinas-based squad shook off a sluggish start and turned the tables around to inch closer to its first title since winning it all back in Season 89.
Carino praised his wards for stepping up and showing their desire to bring back the glory days of Perpetual.
“Alam mo nu’ng Benilde pa lang alam kong ang mga batang ito gusto talagang manalo eh,” said Carino of their uphill climb against twice-to-beat College of St. Benilde in the Final Four.
“’Yung ganitong attitude namin hindi ko na ikakagulat instead sobrang proud ako sa mga graduating ko. Una kami-kami ang parang nagko-kontrahan sa isa’t isa eh. ‘Yun pina-realize ko sa kanila kung ano ang purpose ko, pina-realize din nila sa akin kung ano ang kailangan kong gawin for them. Hindi na ako nagulat sa kanila, deserve nila ang panalo,” added Carino.
Graduating hitter Cindy Imbo showed the way for the Lady Altas with 18 points just three days after dropping a season-high and personal-best 32 points in Perpetual’s five-set win over CSB – also a come-from-behind victory.
“Siyempre po sobrang happy kasi lahat kami nako-contribute. Lahat ng pagod namin sobrang mahalaga po sa bawat is sa amin. Parang dream po talaga namin ito. So lahat tinatrabaho namin,” said Imbo.
Overall, Perpetual won its last five games including for do-or-die games starting from its last two games in the eliminations against San Sebastian College and Jose Rizal University.
“Yung ginawa nilang ‘yan ay sa kagustuhan nilang manalo eh. Di mo na kailangang sabihin sa mga batang ito na ‘magtrabaho ka, nandoon ka na sa loob dapat do your job’,” said Carino, the architect of CSB’s breakthrough women’s crown in three seasons ago before transferring to Perpetual last year. “Lahat kami may pinanghahawakan, kung ano ang goal na pinanghahawakan namin which is mag-champion.”
Game 2 of the series is on February 8.
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