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Trust key to Altas’ winning run


Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar’s time-tested formula for winning championships has always been built on trust.

And their recent victory over the Arellano University Chiefs in Game Three was a testament to Acaylar’s unflinching belief that anyone of the players he injected into the game will deliver.

One example is Rey Taneo, an opposite spiker who converted himself into a setter in a hurry after starting setter Warren Catipay sprained his right ankle late in the opening set. He finished with 11 points, seven digs and 22 excellent sets, an effort that won him the Finals MVP trophy.

There were also other heroes.

James Mark Bation is one of them after he scattered nine points, most of it came in the fourth set when the Las Pinas-based school overhauled seven-point leads twice, the last at 12-19.

It resulted to a 2-1 title series win by the Altas and an 11th men’s title for both the school and Acaylar himself.

And Acaylar is a firm believer of the word.

“It’s simple, you have to trust everybody. I trust all of my players, each one of them. I know all the players I put inside the game will score or contribute. All of them are my lucky charm,” said Acaylar, who divides time coaching the team and handling the athletic program of the whole school.

Acaylar was quick to thank the people who supported the team from the start, including Perpetual Help owner Antonio Tamayo.

“We can’t do this without the help of the fans and our school officials headed by our big boss Antonio Tamayo,” he said.

After helping Perpetual Help win another trophy to bring back home at its Las Pinas campus, Acaylar now looks at the future that will be without three of its veteran players—Taneo, Catipay and Jack Kalingking.

Taneo, the Finals MVP and the unquestioned leader of the team, Catipay, the league’s best setter, and Kalingking, the best libero, have all played their final game, leaving the Altas decimated entering next season.

Don’t tell that to Acaylar.

Perpetual Altas nail NCAA men’s volley plum.—Players, school officials, coaches and supporters of Perpetual Help pose with the championship trophy after the Altas Spikers clinched the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 senior volleyball championship, their 11th title overall, at the Fil Oil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.