Back to where it started

February 09, 2019

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta does not have what  Arellano University has  to win a championship.

“Lahat ng players ko wala pang championship experience. Sila meron. Yung team na iyan, ‘di basta-basta magpapatalo iyan kasi champion iyan,” said coach Macky Cariño after the Lady Altas were dragged by the Lady Chiefs to a Game 3 of the NCAA women’s volleyball Finals.

“Sabi ko, ‘Hindi nila ibibigay sa amin ‘yan nang madalian. Ang kailangan natin gawin is laruin natin yung game natin and pakita natin yung kagustuhan manalo,” he added.

Arellano kept its hopes to extend its dynasty with a 23-25, 25-9, 25-18, 25-22, 15-12 victory Friday night.

The Lady Chiefs scored 58 spikes, with newly-minted season MVP Necole Ebuen accounting for 18 in the series-tying win.

“Doon siguro kami nagkulang. Noong third set ang dami naming errors. ’Yung second set was our worst, sobrang worst. From nanalo ng set, sobrang worst. Doon nagsimula tapos sinamahan pa ng crowd ng Arellano. Siguro mas experienced sila sa amin,” Cariño added.

The Lady Altas’ second set was so forgettable that the Las Piñas-based squad could only nail two attacks and were held to nine points.

“Wala yung utak namin sa set na iyon. Takot na iyon. Yung mga ginagawa ng spiker ko, na-deplete. Noong fifth set, kinapos lang. Marami ring breaks of the game,” he said. “Wala kaming ibang gagawin kundi panoorin yung game na ito. Kailangan every rotation, wise kami,” said Cariño.

With the Game 2 loss, Perpetual Help is back in a do-or-die situation, where the team thrived all-season long, and now pressured to complete a golden treble after its men’s and juniors’ squads were able to accomplish title sweeps.

The last time the Lady Altas played a Game 3 was in 2014 when Honey Royse Tubino scored 35 points to help her team claim the three-peat at the expense of then first-time finalist Lady Chiefs.

The do-or-die match is scheduled at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.