UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help swept San Beda University, 25-20, 25-23, 25-15, on Friday to start its title-retention bid in the NCAA Season 94 men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
Ridzuan Muhali made 14 points for UPH, while Ronniel Rosales added 13 and Joebert Almodiel chipped in 10.
Despite the win, UPH coach Sammy Acaylar revealed that he scolded his wards for being too complacent especially in the second set, where SBU took a, 17-16, lead.
“I told my players kahit sinong kalaban hindi sila maging complacent because kalaban ‘yan eh,” said the veteran mentor. “I told them na pagpasok niyo sa court it’s a no-mercy game.”
“Kasi sometimes ‘yung morale ng kalaban kapag naka-set, naka-puntos tumataas tapos ‘yung morale namin bumababa,” he added.
Acaylar was not pleased with the team’s lack of sense of urgency and gave his players a warning.
“That’s why kanina noong dumikit, I told them, kapag binigyan natin ng pagkakataon ‘yan na huminga, kakainin tayo niyan,” he said.
Patrick Palattao and Jomaru Amagan combined for 21 points for SBU.
Meanwhile, in the other men’s match, Arellano University defeated Jose Rizal University, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21.
Christian dela Paz finished with 14 points for AU, while Jethro Cabillan and team captain Christian Segovia each had nine markers.
June Laxina tallied eight points for JRU.
In the juniors division, AU denied JRU, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, behind the heroics of Karl Jacinto.
Jacinto delivered 20 points, built on 18 attacks, for the Braves, while Rwenzmel Taguibolos had 12 and Erl Eusebio added 10.
Yzkyl Von Garcia made 19 points for the Light Bombers, while Jasper Palma and Marcelo Revilla had 15 and 13 markers, respectively.