MANILA, Philippines – University of Perpetual Help head coach Macky Cariño believes the sky is the limit for their graduating open spiker, Cindy Imbo, after she led the Lady Altas to the finals of the NCAA Season 94 women's volleyball tournament.
Imbo memorably torched De La Salle-College of St. Benilde for 32 points in their do-or-die Final 4 game, towing the Lady Altas to the best-of-3 finals as the fourth seed.
Perpetual Help fell short against the Arellano University Lady Chiefs in the championship series, losing in 3 games despite taking a 1-0 lead. In her final collegiate game, Imbo was limited to 12 points as the Lady Altas lost in four sets, 25-22, 15-25, 18-25, 18-25.
"Sa akin, nilabas ko lang kung ano 'yung (ginagawa) sa training namin," said Imbo afterward. "All out lang ako sa bawat game."
Cariño, for his part, was proud of the leap that Imbo made in her final season.
"It's about time for her na mag-step up," he pointed out. "Aside from being the last season for her, siguro, gusto niya ring mag-champion."
"'Yung puso, 'yung dedikasyon, 'yung sacrifices na binigay niya for this team, sobrang unconditional eh," he added. "Unconditional 'yung effort na pinakita niya."
The improvement that Imbo showed bodes well for her volleyball career, said the coach. As early as now, there are already a couple of club teams asking for her services, though the player has yet to make a decision about her future.
Wherever she decides to play, Cariño is certain that Imbo will shine.
"Sabi ko nga sa kanya, tapos na ang career mo sa college. Sa mga susunod na mga araw na maglalaro ka with commercial teams, alam kong mas aangat pa 'yung karera mo because of your attitude dito sa seryeng ito," he said.
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