Altas reclaim NCAA men’s volleyball crown

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The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas celebrate after successfully defending their title in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas celebrate after successfully defending their title in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA survived Emilio Aguinaldo College via a thrilling 25-22 23-25 29-27 22-25 17-15 victory to reclaim the men’s crown on Tuesday in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 91 volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

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Skipper Rey Taneo Jr. delivered 18 points on 12 attacks, five blocks and an ace while Bonjomar Castel also scored 18 points built on 12 spikes and six blocks to power the Altas to their 11th title in the league.

Taneo was later on named as the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Relan Taneo and Manuel Doliente contributed 11 points each while Warren Catipay had 23 excellent sets for Perpetual Help which had 16 blocks and 30 digs in that game that lasted for two hours and 40 minutes.

Middle hitter Israel Encina top¬scored for the Generals with 28 points with Kerth Melliza and Howard Mojica adding 19 markers apiece.

“Nothing is impossible if you really want to win. I told them forget the score, forget everything and just play. Even if they are one point away, just continue fighting,” said Perpetual Help head coach Sammy Acaylar, who took the Coach of the Year award.

“And I’m happy they showed the way we play Perpetual Help volleyball, with heart,” he added.

The Altas won the best-of-three series, 2-1.

EAC took the series opener, 25-22, 14-25, 25-14, 25-16, before Perpetual Help retaliated with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 victory in Game 2.

Moijca, meanwhile, bagged the season MVP, Best Spiker, Best Scorer and Best Server plums while Dion Canlas of Mapua Institute of Technology (Best Digger), John Carlo Desuyo of San Beda College (Best Setter), Ajian Dy of College of Saint Benilde (Best Receiver), Angelino Per¬tierra of Mapua (Best Blocker) and Walt Amber Gervacio of San Sebastian College (Rookie of the Year) were the other individual awardees.

San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones pocketed the women’s MVP and Best Scorer awards.

The other awardees were Cristine Joy Rosario of Arellano University (Best Spiker), Jeanette Panaga of Benilde (Best Blocker), May Alvarez of Jose Rizal University (Best Server), Alyssa Eroa of San Sebastian (Best Digger), Rhea Ramirez of Arellano (Best Setter) and Nieza Viray of San Beda (Rookie of the Year).

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