Perpetual spikers eye golden treble

January 30, 2019

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta has dominated the men’s and juniors competition.

Not to be outdone are the Lady Altas, who continued to defy all the odds to make it to the NCAA women’s volleyball Finals.

With all the teams in the championship round, Perpetual Help remains on course to become the first school in 17 years to complete a golden treble.

While the men’s and juniors squads are fancied to win the title after sweeping the eliminations, this cannot be said on the Lady Altas, who hurdled three do-or-die matches to make it to the biggest stage and will face the league’s current dynasty.

Only the three-peat seeking Arellano University stands in Perpetual Help’s way in the best-of-three women’s Finals which starts at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

“As the school’s sports director, this is great,” said coach Sammy Acaylar, who steered the Lady Altas to a three-peat in 2014. “Never sa history ng school na may tatlong team ang pumasok. The support of the school is more than 100 percent.”

Never given a chance before the start of the season, Acaylar was upbeat on the Lady Altas.

Cindy Imbo, the do-it-all Cavite native who was a rookie when Acaylar last handled the women’s team in 2015 before returning full-time as men’s coach the following year, carried the Las Piñas-based squad this deep.

“Sinabi ko sa kanila to develop their faith in God. Be composed during the game. Actually, ang galing nila sa ensayo. Grabe mag-practice si coach Macky Cariño. Gusto niya talagang lumaban ng championship. I told them they should follow the system. Anything na pina-impose ng coach ninyo, at the end of the day, tayo ang mananalo. That’s it,” said Acaylar.

A title sweep on all division will put Perpetual Help alongside San Sebastian and former league member Ateneo in an elite list of schools who made  triple championships.  The Stags of coach Roger Gorayeb last did the trick in the 2002 season.