HONEY Tubino powered Perpetual Help to a big 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 27-25 victory over top-seeded San Beda in the 89th NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.
Tubino poured in 30 points, including 28 from from spikes, while Norie Jane Diaz came with 15 markers for the Lady Altas, the reigning and two-time defending champions, who survived the big 33-point explosion of San Beda's Janine Marciano.
Despite the win, coach Sammy Acaylar admitted there were still lapses his team had to work on.
“Hindi pa talaga nag-ji-jell `yung bawat isa up to now. Lahat ng posisyon ina-adjust ko,” said Acaylar.
But he'll take the win anyway.
“Masaya pa rin at nanalo. Hangga't maari, we wanted to win three or four sets,” he said.
Perpetual Help found itself trailing early in the fourth set, but managed to level the score at 17-all behind a 6-0 spurt.
The Altas eventually grabbed the upper hand after a series of exchange miscues, 22-21, before positioning themselves at match point, 24-22.
But Marciano, the league's top scorer, came with two consecutive points to deny the Lady Altas' an outright celebration by tying it at 24-24.
The Las Piñas-based spikers again moved at match point after a Diaz hit, but gave away a point from a Jamela Suya service error.
The Lady Altas then capitalized on a service miscue from Iris Domingo as Shaira Cabriana's tip finally sealed the win for UPH.
Following the win, Perpetual Help tied its victim for a share of second and third spots with similar 5-2 slates.
Marciano built her output behind 28 spikes, one block, and four service aces, including 10 excellent digs and four receptions.
Marciano, who surpassed teammate Ces Molina as the league's best scorer, single-handedly did all the work for San Beda as Molina was only played sparingly due to injury.