PERPETUAL Help, last year’s losing finalist, is in the final stages of its preparations before going to battle in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball tourney set to start on Jan. 10, 2020 at the Arena in San Juan.
Coach Macky Cariño is optimistic that his ward would be ready for battle when they face his former squad, College of St. Benilde, on opening day at 2 p.m. after short opening rites.
Lyceum battles defending champion Arellano in the other game at noon.
The Lady Altas will parade five graduating players, six more holdovers from last year’s roster, and three rookies.
Cariño, who is being backstopped by assistant coach Marcelo Joaquin Jr., will rely on skipper Shyra Umandal and Charina Scott who are middle blockers, Bicolana Jonah Rosal and Dana Persa as opposite hitters, libero Allysa Sanggalang and setter Jenny Gaviola who have filled the post left by Necelle Gual, who has finished her playing year with the Lady Altas together with Cindy Imbo, now with Philippine Navy, Jowie Verzosa and Hershey Llorente.
Ranked no. 4 after the eliminations last year, the Lady Altas advanced to the finals after defeating the Lady Blazers twice in the semis but lost in three games to the Lady Chiefs in the title series.
The Lady Altas won the crown in 2012, 2013, 2014 during the era of Royce Tubino, April Sartin, Jane Diaz, Sandy delos Santos, Janice Abar and libero Jheck Dionela.