UPHS spikers look ready versus anyone

February 24, 2020
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Players of both the PBA Legends-UNTV selection and celebrity squad pose with BMPI-Wish 107.5 President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon prior to the start of their fund-raising game last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA players of multi-titled coach Sinfronio ‘Sammy’ Acaylar have welcomed the news that volleyball action in the NCAA season 95 will resume soon after being suspended due to the coronavirus scare. 

The defending champion Altas are now in training and conditioning for the Finals after earning an automatic ticket to the best-of-three series following a sweep of the elimination round.

Perpetual Help’s opponent would come from the stepladder survivor, either Arellano University, Emilio Aguinaldo College or College of St. Benilde.

The Altas completed a 9-0 sweep of the elimination round with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-18 win against the Letran Knights last Feb. 13, but has since been waiting after a postponement of the game by the NCAA Management Committee (MANCOM) due to Covid-19.

However, the MANCOM - chaired by Arellano University’s Peter Cayco, has announced that it is proposing to the Policy Board for March 16 as target date for the resumption of games.

Regardless, Altas team owner Tony Tamayo still needs to wait a little longer since there is still going to be a stepladder semifinal playoffs.

“Maganda na magbabalik na uli ang games ng March 16, pero kami mag-aantay pa din kasi may two playdates pa ang men’s team and then may stepladder pa,” said Acaylar.

Acaylar and the Altas are aiming for another strong finish this season as they target title No. 13, which would equal the record number of titles of Letran.  

Under Acaylar, the Altas have won the NCAA championship in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Volleyball observers and critics tagged Acaylar as the most dominant mentor of the decade by winning seven titles in 2011 to 2020.

“We do regular practice and tune-up games against other commercial teams and UAAP teams to stay-in-focus.” Acaylar said.

“We will correct all the lapses and errors in plays and improve to almost perfect receive, defense and blockings,” added Acaylar, whose team is powered by team captain Ronniel ‘Buro’ Rosales, leading MVP contender Loiue Ramirez, Kennry Malinis, Hero Austria, ace setter EJ Casaña, liberos Jeric Atentar and Philip Pepito and back-ups JC Enarciso, Ridzuan Muhali, KC Andrade, JR Baggayan, Aljoe Sereño Awie Abdulla and Joshua Zereño.