COLLEGE of St. Benilde skipper Johnvic de Guzman wants to close out the NCAA Season 92 men’s volleyball Finals in Game Two after the Blazers moved a win away from his ultimate goal of bringing a championship to the school before he graduates.
De Guzman took over late as the Blazers disposed of defending champion University of Perpetual Help, 25-17, 26-24, 25-17, in Game One of the best-of-three Finals series on Friday.
The power spiker showed his determination in pouring in 19 points, including two crucial service aces down the stretch in the second set to complete CSB’s comeback from a 22-24 deficit. And he’s even more determined to finish off the championship series as soon as possible.
“Pipilitin na namin makuha this time, since ito na ang last playing year ko, ‘di ako papayag na hindi makuha ang championship,” he said.
De Guzman is itching to win a title after helping CSB reach the Final Four the past four seasons, including a Finals appearance where they bowed to the Howard Mojica-led Emilio Aguinaldo College two years ago.
Game Two is set on Tuesday and de Guzman is going all out to finish his CSB career on a high note.
“Lahat ng sacrifice, pagod at luha, bago kami tumuntong dito, ‘yun ang nasa isip ko na ‘di sila makakakuha ng kahit isa,” he said.
Meanwhile, CSB coach Arnold Laniog feels that de Guzman deserves to win the MVP award after an impressive season.
“Oo naman (deserve niya mag-MVP). Sabi niya nga ilang taon na siya naglalaro sa Benilde puro naidadala niya lang sa top four, dalawang beses kami nag-number three and two years ago nga nag-finals kami na hindi nakuha,” he said.
“So ‘yung level of thinking ni Johnvic that time ibang iba na. Ngayon, sobrang beterano na.”