Perpetual ditches San Beda for third straight NCAA men’s volleyball title
The “three-peat” is complete.
Learning its lesson from a previous loss, Perpetual Help held off San Beda, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, on Sunday for its third straight NCAA Season 98 men’s volleyball tournament title.
The Altas won their 13th overall men’s volleyball crown to tie Letran with the most titles in the division.
Perpetual Help made sure not to make the same mistakes it did in Game 2 when it blew a 2-0 set lead and fell to the Red Spikers in a five-setter classic on Friday.
“We talked about a lot [after Friday] especially since we didn’t get the title. We focused on our lapses and we watched where we were weak at and then we just found out that we can really do it today,” Louie Ramirez, who was named Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), said.
The defending champions, however, couldn’t make quick work of the Red Spikers, who went on a crucial 6-2 spurt in the third set to extend the match.
Ramirez, who is also the Season MVP, made sure a fifth set wouldn’t be necessary this time as he took charge for Perpetual Help, firing back-to-back points for a 16-11 cushion. He then scored in succession again after San Beda pulled within, 21-20, to put the Red Spikers away for good. He finished with a game-high 26 points.
Lorenz Calayag and Ralph Cabalsa had 12 points each for San Beda.