Perpetual deals EAC a Game 2 beating, forces rubber match for NCAA men's volleyball crown
Perpetual Help players celebrate the one-sided victory. Jaime Campos

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help kept its title dreams alive with an emphatic Game 2 win over defending champion Emilio Aguinaldo College, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-19, in the NCAA men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Friday.

The Altas forced a rubber match on Tuesday behind a solid effort from Rey Taneo Jr and Ranidean Abcede. Taneo Jr scored on 16 hits, while Abcede added 14. Skipper Bonjomar Castel and Manuel Doliente also combined for 16 points. 

“Sobrang motivation hindi ako nagagalit sa kanila,” said UPH coach Sammy Acaylar. “Sabi ko this is your last breath, huling hininga niyo na kaya hindi tayo magsisisi kung binigay niyo ang best niyo.”

“(Kung matalo) we have to accept na may pagkukulang pa tayo pero bago tayo matalo, lumaban tayo nang lumaban,” added the veteran mentor.

The Las Pinas-based squad also toughened up on defense to register blocks 11 blocks, while EAC only managed four.

Acaylar revealed his game plan to spot reigning MVP and EAC ace hitter Howard Mojica.

“First option namin tinapat ko si Bonjomar at yung lahat ng malalaki ko para tapatan si Mojica,” he said. “Ang option two ko naman andon pa rin si Bonjomar para ang pag-ikot niya nau-utilize ko talaga.”

“So ginagamit ko talaga ang lahat ng malalaki kong player para lang sa kanya (Mojica),” he added.

The Altas evened the series after they lost Game 1, 22-25, 25-14, 14-25, 16-25, on Tuesday.

Mojica led all scorers with 22 points, while Hariel Doguna contributed 13 for EAC.

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