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No letup for Perpetual Altas amid long layoff, vows Sammy Acaylar

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA completed a clean 9-0 sweep of the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Volleyball preliminaries after knocking Colegio de San Juan de Letran senseless on Thursday

With their display of dominance and discipline throughout the round, the Altas gained an outright berth in the Finals. And head coach Sammy Acaylar is well aware that his wards are hitting their stride as a unit.

“To tell you frankly, ‘yung team ko ngayon nagpe-peak. Nagpe-peak sila, napansin ko ‘yan,” the seasoned mentor acknowledged.

“So ayaw ko i-stop ‘yun. Gusto ko i-maintain na lang siya.”

But that is a daunting task considering that the league has indefinitely suspended all of its volleyball matches amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Not to mention that Perpetual will have to wait at least a week or more once action resumes, while the other contending teams battle it out for an elusive place in the title series.

So, how will Acaylar prevent his players from resting on their laurels now that their three-peat quest has been put on hold?

“Dadaanin ko siya sa puro tuneup. Sa Navy, Cignal, FEU, at Adamson habang nagse-step ladder sila.”

And of course, the Altas are also not letting up with their training and conditioning during the lull, in pursuit of keeping their winning tradition going.

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“To maintain their physical conditioning,” Acaylar responded when asked of his program’s approach to such a long layoff. “Kung ano ‘yung mga lapses namin, gusto ko maging almost perfect siya from receive, defense, at blocking kasi we don’t have problem doon sa spiking.

“‘Yung physical rin nila, kasi ‘di natin alam kung kailan magre-resume ‘yan, ‘di ba? So instead of developing their power, ide-develop ko na lang ‘yung kanilang speed and strength nila.”

True enough, the league has yet to release an announcement regarding the resumption of games. But amid the cloud of uncertainty, expect the Altas to spare no effort to reach peak form once they march onto the Taraflex anew.

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