No hard feelings for CSB as Lady Blazers look forward to Season 96
Mark Escarlote on Mar 20, 2020 11:42 AM
(Photo: Josh Albelda)
College of St. Benilde has moved on from a missed opportunity to reclaim the NCAA women’s volleyball crown following the decision of the Policy Board to terminate Season 95 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Lady Blazers were on fire, winning all of their first seven games and were just two wins away from securing an outright Finals seat before the season was cut short because of the contagion.
The NCAA on Thursday officially announced the end of the season and that all defending champions will retain their respective titles. No champion for all affected second semester sporting events were declared for Season 95.
In women’s volleyball’s case, the Arellano University will remain as the reigning three-time champions. The Lady Chiefs were supposed to be CSB’s last elimination round opponent after Mapua University.
“This Season 95, victorious naman ang campaign namin and we can only look forward to next season,” said head coach Jerry Yee. “Sana lang we get through this pandemic.”
Yee and his wards accept the decision of the Policy Board. He agrees with the league’s decision to put the safety and welfare of the players, officials, students and supporters first.
“The pandemic is surely bigger than volleyball,” said Yee, who is looking to steer the Lady Blazers back to the throne after winning it all four years ago.
“The more days we are in social distancing, the more time you get to think, all the more we are informed of the actual situation,” he added. “And if the NCAA board thinks this is the best course of action, we have to follow.”
In spite of the unfortunate development, Yee remains upbeat of the Lady Blazers’ chances next year with new players coming in and with holdovers bringing in maturity and experience.
“Mataas naman ang morale ng team, all are safe home. All are excited kasi next year eligible na other players namin,” he said.
Seniors Klarisa Abriam, Chelsea Umali, Diane Ventura, Matet Pablo and Dani Lim can also have an extended stay with the NCAA looking at the possibility of giving graduating players who have not completed the season another playing year.
“We have good rookies coming in and then di daw i-count ang final year ng mga seniors? We are very, very optimistic,” said Yee.
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