Arellano U pulls off a shocker over SSC-R in Finals opener
Arellano University sweeps San Sebastian College to turn the Finals series into a virtual best-of-three.
Arellano University shocked the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian College, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, Tuesday to turn the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball championship showdown into a virtual best-of-three series at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Chiefs pounced on the cold and sluggish Lady Stags to move two wins away from reclaiming the title they last held two years ago. Arellano won its 10th straight game since dropping their season opener against the SSC-R in five sets.
Game 2 is on Friday.
Regine Arocha scored 14 points with 11 coming of kills while Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan scpored 10 markers each to lead the Lady Chiefs, who rained down 36 kills and nailed six service aces.
"Lumabas yung practice namin kahapon kasi nag-concentrate kami roon sa blockings. Sinabi ko lang sa mga players ko before the game na ilaro lang nila ang dapat nilang ilaro. Yung mga dapat nating gawin para manalo," said AU coach Obet Javier. "Sinabi ko sa kanila na, 'Huwag ninyong isipin na three times natin dapat silang dapat talunin. Dapat one game at a time lang tayong lahat."
Coming off a huge 5-set win over dethroned College of St. Benilde last Friday, the Lady Chiefs had a blazring start and sustained it all through out the match for an easy one-hour, 20-minute victory.
Reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones scored 15 points - all from kills that she had to bleed to get with a 45 attempts - for the Lady Stags. But Soltones had little help from her teammates with middles Katherine Villegas and Joyce Sta. Rita combined for only six markers and SSC-R not scoring a single kill block.
The Lady Stags, which last year squandered a thrice-to-beat advantage against CSB, also gave away 30 errors.
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