NCAA: Coach Macky says Lady Altas are here to stay

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 12, 2019 07:40 PM
NCAA: Coach Macky says Lady Altas are here to stay
This runner-up finish is just the start for the Perpetual Lady Altas - so says head coach Macky Carino

University of Perpetual Help’s Cinderella run in the NCAA 94 Women’s Volleyball Tournament did not have a storybook ending.

Seizing the first set before surrendering the next three in the winner-take-all Finals Game 3 on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Lady Altas just fell short of a championship that would have been a shock to just about everybody.

The Las Pinas-based team had to win its last two games in the elimination round, overcome top-seed and twice-to-beat College of St. Benilde, and then best dynastic Arellano University to have a shot at that storybook ending.

Unfortunately, they just ran out of gas in the decider – and thus, didn’t get to give their school a rare Grand Slam of Women’s, Men’s, and Juniors championships.

Still, the mere fact that they were two sets away from the improbable was a win for Perps – if first-year head coach Macky Carino is to be believed. “Sino bang mag-aakalang aabot kami ng championship? Ilang porsyento na lang, magcha-champion na kami,” he told reporters following their season-ending loss.

He then continued, repeating what he had been saying for good measure, “Sino bang mag-aakala?”

That is exactly why even though they had to settle for a runner-up finish, Coach Macky and the rest of his staff were nothing but satisfied with their surprising run to the Finals. “Happy ako kung anong naging resulta. Magsisimula pa lang kami kanina, sabi ko sa kanila, sobrang happy ko and proud sa kanila kasi umabot kami ng championship,” he said.

He then continued, “Whatever happened today, proud ako sa kanila.”

Even more, in the eyes of the one-time champion coach, this is just the start for the program that is on the rise. As he put it, “Andaming revelation nitong Finals, nitong semifinals na ‘to na mag-oopen para sa mga susunod namin (na season). Kung anuman ang resulta today, ang pinakanatutunan namin is paano nagkaroon ng opportunity yung Lady Altas na ma-recognize (sa volleyball).”

He then continued, “Dahil dun, dati, kami naghahabol ng players. This time, kami na pinupuntahan.”

With that, Coach Macky promised that the Lady Altas will be nothing but better next season. “Ang makikita niyong Lady Altas next season, iba na. Mag-dedevelop ako ng fighting na Lady Altas next season,” he said.

He then continued, “Start pa lang, makikita niyong lumalaban na yung team.”

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