One team’s loss is another one’s gain.
Necole Ebuen spent last year with Letran stuck in the Letran Lady Knights’ Team B.
After just three months with the Intramuros-based squad, the opposite hitter decided to transfer to Arellano University.
Head coach Obet Javier found a gem in Ebuen as his replacement after the departure of Erica Calixto following the Lady Chiefs’ championship run last year.
Ebuen returned the trust given by Javier with a couple of superb games in Arellano’s title-retention bid in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament.
The rookie scattered 15 points as the Lady Chiefs waylaid Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-12, 25-11, Sunday for a hold of the solo lead at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“’Yung ibinibigay niya (coach Javier) na tiwala sa akin sobrang laki po talaga. Hindi ko po ini-expect na ganoon po kalaki ‘yun,” said Ebuen, who had 12 attacks, two aces and a kill block.
Ebuen in the Lady Chiefs’ first two outings averaged 10.5 points per game almost the same norms she produced during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference where AU finished third.
Even with her good performance early in the season, Ebuen is quick to play down her role as the new go-to scorer of the Lady Chiefs.
“Hindi lang naman po ako ang inaasahan bale lahat po kami kasi team po kami,” she said. “’Yung tiwala ni coach sa amin lahat hindi lang sa iisang tao.”
Ebuen is just one of the transferees who saw their talents flourish under Javier.
Former University of Sto. Tomas setter Sarah Verutiao was given a break in Arellano U’s first two games, filling in for injured Rhea Ramirez (shore sholder0, last season’s Best Setter.
She averaged 10 excellent sets per frame in her first two matches as a Lady Chief.
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