PERPETUAL pounced on the errors of College of Saint Benilde before Mark Bation nailed the game-winning hit in a 23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12 comeback win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s volleyball finals on Friday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Coming off a three-week lay-off after sweeping the elimination round for an outright place in the finals, the Altas went 1-2 down against a Blazers side that is riding momentum after taking down the EAC Generals in the final phase of the stepladder semifinals last Tuesday.
But Perpetual edged St. Benilde in the fourth to force a decider, where the Blazers squandered a 10-9 lead by committing five crucial errors that put the Altas at match point, 14-11.
Vince Abrot scored one more spike for St. Benilde but Bation nailed the game-winning kill that kept Perpetual Help undefeated in 10 matches and a win closer to completing a golden championship repeat.
“Actually, hindi ako satisfied sa performance nila because napakaganda ng tune-ups nila saka mga practice,” Perpetual Help head coach Sammy Acaylar said. “Maybe because this is the finals and there’s this what we called the psychological effect of the finals.”
Reigning NCAA MVP and last year’s Rookie of the Year Joebert Almodiel finished with 21 points to go with 17 excellent receptions and 11 digs. Ronniel Rosales delivered 19 hits while Ridzuan Muhali chipped in 16 markers all from attacks. Bation had eight points.
Abrot led St. Benilde with 23 points off 19 kills, while Francis Basilan and Adviento added 15 each. But the Blazers committed 33 errors — less than Perpetual’s 36 — but the late game miscues cost them the game.