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    Perpetual, San Sebastian face off in title decider

    Feb 12, 2013

    IT’s the final faceoff for Perpetual Help and San Sebastian College as they collide in the deciding match of the 88th NCAA season women's volleyball title series on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

    The San Sebastian belles drew first blood before the Lady Altas forced the series decider and now Perpetual Help coach Jason Sapin hopes experience can pull them through.

    "Advantage namin 'yun (championship experience)," said Sapin. "Advantage pa namin na puro seniors ang players namin, yun ang nilamang namin sa kanila."

    The match starts at 9:30 a.m.

    Reigning MVP Sandra delos Santos is confident that the crown will stay in Las Piñas.

    "Kumpyansa ako na iuuwi namin pabalik sa Perpetual Help ang trophy," said delos Santos after the Altas won Game Two, 21-25, 25-12, 28-26,29-27. "Kukunin namin ang back-to-back championship."

    Delos Santos will be backed by Honey Royse Tubino, April Anne Sartin and Norie Jane Diaz.

    Sapin admitted he is wary of rookie Gretchel Soltones' powerful attacks that could hurt them badly.

    "Kailangan namin siya ma-check," said the rookie mentor. "Kailangan namin ng blockings sa mga tira niya. Kasi pag siya ang nasa harap sa kanya ang bola."

    But the Lady Stags, who ruled the league for six years from 2006 to 2011, also have other weapons in team captain Ara Mallare and Jolina Labiano.

    "Ibabalik namin ang glory sa Recto," said Mallare. "2011 kami last na nagchampion, kaya kukunin namin ang Game Three."

    The SSC belles, who came up with only six blocks and two service aces in Game Two, hope to adjust on their miscues and plays.

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    "Positive pa rin ako," said San Sebastian coach Clint Malazo. "Sa dami ng pinagdaanan namin umabot pa kami dito."

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