University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA coach Jason Sapin propelled the Junior Lady Altas to the NCAA Season 99 Volleyball Fiesta girls championship.

The Las Piñas-based school buckled down to work, trailing Arellano in most parts of the deciding set.

They had to dig deep after Arellano threatened to extend the series to a winner-take-all game three.

Sherrie Acosta first committed an attack error that gave Arellano the first match point advantage before redeeming herself in the next position to tie the game at 14-all.

Perpetual tasted its first championship point when Samantha Maranan’s spike went too strong, but it did not last long for Arellano to even the scoreline anew as Ashlee Buenaventura and Acosta failed to provide a clean block on the spike of Catherine Chu.

Buenaventura’s towering presence gave nightmare to the offense of Arellano this time around after denying Maranan’s entry, 16-15.

Arellano was still able to recover quickly courtesy of Maranan’s attack through the defense of Buenaventura and Acosta.

The pressure was on as the crowd inside the packed FilOil EcoOil Center in San Juan was on their feet while Rona Diaz was serving for Arellano. As unlucky as it would get, Diaz’ serve went outside and pushed Perpetual to another championship point, 17-16.

A long rally awaited the fans and supporters of both schools in the next play.

Jem Menor had the chance to seal the championship for Perpetual but was denied entry.

Arellano also had its chance of a comeback and tie the game anew but Sherrie Acosta stood tall and ended the match in her hands.

“Wala lang talagang bibigay, matatapang lang mga puso nito, gusto nilang manalo, yun yung pinagpapasalamat ko sa kanila,” Perpetual coach Jason Sapin said.

Sapin told GMA Regional TV News after the match that they focused primarily on their defense during preparations.

“Pinaghandaan namin yung blocking at depensa,” he added.

According to Sapin, another asset to their title run was the performance of Menor who topscored the team with 23 points during their Game 1 win and followed it up with another excellent outing in Game 2.

“Isa rin siya sa factor, eh, kaya kami naka-fifth set.  Naghabol kami ng fourth set, eh, pero kumapit naman siya… kita mo naman yung palo niya… siya nagpadikit nung score eh,” Sapin told.

The whole Perpetual community was holding its breath when Menor was hurt after colliding with libero Janine Espiritu while saving the ball.

Sapin had bared that Menor was complaining about her shoulder after their first game win.

“Sobrang pagod pero worth it po… yung sa ulo po nagka-untugan lang po kami pero okay lang naman po, lumaban lang naman po,” Menor said.

The Bani, Pangasinan native also offers their hard-earned championship to her mom.

“Sa mama ko, para sa kanya po itong laro ko kahit di kayo nakakanuod ng game ko kasi alam kong malayo,” she said.