Benilde can pull off the championship if they ace the remaining games namely Beach Volleyball and Athletics tournaments.
After intense tournaments, claiming titles, and making history, the fight is still not over for De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) as the College is running second place for the general championship title in the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92.
According to Stephen Fernandez, Benilde’s Director of the Center for Sports Development (CSD), the remaining teams still have a chance to push the College’s ranking to the top spot as they compete for their respective tournaments in February and March.
“Lagi naman ako may confidence sa mga sinasali natin sa men and women’s, and this time in beach volleyball and athletics. Of course, we’ll never know if mananalo because everyone is so prepared basta ang [payo] ko lang sa athletes is to give their best, prepare, give the most they can, and enjoy their day—then let’s see what things will come in our way afterwards,” Fernandez said in an interview with The Benildean.
Fernandez also said those who deserve to win will eventually win and emphasized how perseverance is key in any sport.
“As a former athlete, ako naman, being in the situation na kailangan mo maghabol, hindi pa tapos ang laban, confident naman ako na kakayanin, but of course in the end kung sino ba dapat talaga ang dapat manalo, ‘yun ang magwawagi basta ang sakin gagawin natin yung part natin to compete and to give the best we can and let’s see,” he added.
In addition, the director said, “Ang palagi kong sinasabi dati kahit nung coach ako ay kung talagang para sa atin ‘yan, kahit anong gawin, atin talaga ‘yan. Ang importante, pagtrabahuhin natin.”
The Men and Women’s Beach Volleyball tournament will take place from February 22 to 26 while the Athletics tournaments will happen on March 2 to 4.
Blazers making volleyball history
Last February 7, the Blazers made history by bagging the championship title for the first time since the College joined the tournament in 1998.
“I’m very happy for the players and the coaches for achieving this for the school. Even I, just sat back and enjoyed being a fan–watching them play, watching them experience the joy of winning. It really made us proud – the whole office, the school, the volleyball team,” Fernandez said in an interview with The Benildean.
Despite being student-athletes, Fernandez reiterated the importance of balancing academics and sports and advised the players to always be humble.
“Palagi ko naman sinasabi na they have to really study. They really need to prioritize their study and at the same time excel in the sports that they love by limiting their other activities. And those who achieved success, to always be humble wherever they may be,” he said.
Benilde previously prevailed in bagging the general championship titles in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015.
Photos by Alex Rico, Joriel Bataan, and Sace Natividad