NCAA Season 94: Lady Altas out to claim fourth crown

Mark Escarlote on Feb 08, 2019 07:28 AM
NCAA Season 94: Lady Altas out to claim fourth crown
University of Perpetual Help looks to snatch the crown off the head of Arellano University in Game 2 of the NCAA Season 94 women's volleyball Finals.

University of Perpetual Help took the long and bumpy road into the Finals.

Now on the cusp of ending a five-year title drought, the Lady Altas are going all-out to drag the defending two-time champion Arellano University off the throne and complete a sweep in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball best-of-three championship series on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Game 2 is set at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.

Seeded fourth and needed to survive four do-or-die matches starting in the last two games of the elimination round, Perpetual rode the crest of its momentum to shock the Lady Chiefs, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20, last week. The victory pushed the Las Pinas-based squad a win closer to claiming another title since winning it all in Season 89 – the Lady Altas’ last crown in their three-peat.

“Sobrang excited kami (sa Game 2), bakit? Kasi isang buong taon naming hinintay ‘to eh. Heto na isang hakbang na lang at bibigyan na kami ng trophy, sasabitan na kami ng medalya. So instead na ma-pressure ka you have to enjoy na moment at the same time maging excited ka na tama ang ginagawa mo,” said Perpetual coach Macky Carino, who is lookin to duplicate the same feat he did with College of St. Benilde when he steered the Lady Blazers to their breakthrough crown in Season 91.

“Kung ano ang ginawa namin for Game 1 mas dodoblehin pa namin. Ganoon naman dapat di ka dapat mag-steady sa kung anong ginawa mo ngayon dapat mas dagdagan mo siya. Mas maging productive sa susunod na game mo,” he added.

Carino will again pin his hopes on graduating veteran Cindy Imbo, who scored 18 points in the series opener, setter Necelle Gual, Jhona Rosal, Shyra Umandal and Shyra Suico.

The Lady Chiefs, on the other hand, hope to play better than their performance in the series opener to force a decider.

Head coach Obey Javier must squeeze more from his wards to back Regine Arocha, who was the only Lady Chief in double figures last game. Necole Ebuen need to wake up from the scoring slump she had the last time out as well as Princess Bello, Mikaela Juanich and Carla Donato.

Game 3, if needed, is on February 12.





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