Perpetual Help nets NCAA jrs volleyball title
Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) - January 22, 2016 - 12:19am

MANILA, Philippines -- Perpetual Help re-asserted its might in the final two sets as it turned back Emilio Aguinaldo, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11, Thursday to clinch its second straight juniors title in the 91st NCAA volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Team captain Jody Margaux Severo and Darwin John Salaposo fired 17 hits apiece while Ivan Encila unloaded 13 as the Junior Altas completed a two-game title sweep in securing their back-to-back high school crown.

"The boys showed heart. We were down but they never panicked and adjusted well," said Perpetual Help coach Sandy Rieta.

It was Perpetual Help's eight title overall, seven behind league-best 15 crowns by the San Sebastian Junior Stags.

"We're proud of what the team has accomplished," said Perpetual Help's Policy Board member Anthony Tamayo.

Riding the crest of its 25-13, 25-18, 25-16 win in the series opener Tuesday, the Las Pinas-based school appeared headed to another easy triumph after it took the opening set.

With their backs against the wall, the Brigadiers fought their way back and snatched the next two sets and the what looked like momentum.

It turned out EAC's last hurrah as the troika of Severo, Salopaso and Encila took charge in the last two sets to steal the championship-clinching Game Two victory.

ANTHONY TAMAYO EMILIO AGUINALDO GAME TWO IVAN ENCILA JODY MARGAUX SEVERO AND DARWIN JOHN SALAPOSO JUNIOR ALTAS LAS PINAS PERPETUAL HELP POLICY BOARD SALOPASO AND ENCILA SAN JUAN CITY
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