NCAA Season 95: Altas crush Blazers in early Finals rematch
Mark Escarlote on Jan 10, 2020 08:06 PM
Defending champion University of Perpetual Help opened their three-peat bid on a high note.
Three-peat-seeking University of Perpetual Help barely felt the departure of two-time Most Valuable Player Joebert Almodiel as the Altas cruised past College of St. Benilde, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19, on Friday in a rematch of last year’s Finals in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Converted hitter Louie Ramirez, who was moved from middle to open spiker, stepped up in his new found role scoring 18 points in a 17-of-36 spiking clip for the Altas, who won their 14th straight match – a winning run that started from their 2018 championship series win.
Head coach Sammy Acaylar praised his men for responding to the huge challenge of facing one of the top title contenders even without scoring leader Almodiel, who was scratched from the lineup due to conduct detrimental to the team and a violation of school rules.
“I always tell my player that they are going to play for the school and the community,” said Acaylar. “And it's very hard kasi na defending champion ka to maintain the championship so sabi ko lang sa kanila na ensayado tayo, well prepared tayo physically, mentally and spiritually. So they're going to contribute lang 'yun performance nila bawat isa.”
Kennry Malinis and Ronniel Rosales scored 11 markers each while Gabriel Casana tallied 13 excellent sets to help the Altas hammer 45 attack points.
The Las Pinas-based squad, which swept Blazers in last year’s championship, dominated CSB in their one-hour, nine minute match. Perpetual had six kill blocks and landed seven aces.
Ruvince Abrot was the only Blazer in double figures with 12 points while Joshua De Sequera and Georgie Gauani finished with six each.
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