After sweeping the elimination round and defeating the EAC Generals yesterday, it will be a championship showdown between the tandem of Rey Taneo Jr. and Rey Taneo against Mapua’s Philip Bagalay and Peejay Cuzon later, 12 noon, at the sands of the Subic Park Hotel.
“Training-wise, we don’t have enough time to train them kasi kakatapos lang noong indoor volleyball. So experience na lang dinala nila,” UPHSD head coach Sammy Acaylar told Tiebreaker Times.
Also, Acaylar indicated that the Taneo brothers’ familiarity with each other will be a big factor heading into the championship round. Coupled with their experience in playing beach volleyball, Acaylar added that his players must maximize it.
“They’re brothers. I told them sa beach volley, [kapag] kayong dalawa ang maglalaro, wala kayong competition sa isa’t-isa,” Acaylar further remarked. “Magkapatid kayo at dapat bawat galaw niyo, alam ng bawa’t isa. So we make it sure na ‘yung game nila is para sa Perpetual talaga.”
Lastly, Acaylar closed that maintaining composure is key for them since playing beach volleyball requires a lot of timing and precise movements. If they do things according to plan, then the crown might just return to the four walls of the University of Perpetual Help.
“It’s hypocrital na sabihin ko na hindi championship ang habol namin. Kasi last year nasa top four kami so gusto namin mabalik ang korona sa beach volley. I told my players na wag sila maging kampante kasi bilog ang bola.”