ARELLANO University coach Obet Javier dedicated the Lady Chiefs' historic ‘three-peat’ in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament to his late mentor Nes Pamilar.
The Lady Chiefs survived a gritty stand by overachieving fourth-seed University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, in their winner-take-all Game 3 on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City for their fourth championship overall.
The soft-spoken Javier said the win was for Pamilar, who passed away exactly a month ago.
“Itong game na ito kung mapapansin natin one month ni coach Nes ngayon eh,” said Javier, who served as assistant to Pamilar in club teams Cagayan Valley, Laoag, Power Smashers and Tacloban.
“Inaalay ko talaga sa kanya ito,” he added.
Although Pamilar was the coach of the men’s team of rival school San Beda, Javier still expressed his gratitude for all that he has learned from the veteran mentor.
The NCAA Coach of the Year said the three-peat wouldn't have been possible if not for the help of the school administration.
“Ang three-peat na ito para talaga sa school kasi ibinibigay nila sa amin lahat-lahat na dapat para sa amin,” Javier said. “Napakaganda ng support na ibinibigay nila sa amin. Hangga’t nandoon sila sa likuran namin pipilitin namin na laging suklian ang mga ibinibigay nila sa amin.”
After winning its fourth title in five seasons, Arellano became the third most successful team in the women’s division behind San Sebastian’s 23 titles and Letran’s eight crowns.
Javier said the Lady Chiefs are hungry for more.
“Pilit naming panghahawakan kasi minsan lang dumating (ang dynasty) sa isang team yan eh. Hangga’t maari di namin dapat pakawalan,” he said. “Hindi porke’t nag-three-peat kami hihinto na. Patuloy kaming mag-aaral, magi-improve dapat para sa school sa susunod na taon.”