Rookie Nicole Ebuen torched her former school while setter Rhea Ramirez saw action of the first time this season as repeat-seeking Arellano University shot down Letran to keep its perfect record intact and for the solo lead in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition.
The Lady Chiefs needed only 62 minutes to submit the Lady Knights in a dominating 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, win Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Arellano U perched on top of the standing with a 3-0 win-loss record that jacked the Lady Chiefs’ winning streak to 15 straight since last year.
“Siguro lumabas pa rin yung pinag-ensayuhan namin. Siguro talagang seryoso sila sa pinag-usapan namin na kailangan naming i-defend ang title,” said Arellano U coach Obet Javier.
Ebuen, a transferee from Letran’s Team B, continued her good performance with the Lady Chiefs both on offense and defense. She finished with game-high 11 points and added eight digs for Arellano U.
Regine Arocha also scored 11 off seven attacks and four service aces while skipper Mary Ann Esguerra and Jovielyn Prado scored eight and seven markers, respectively, for the Lady Chiefs, who were able to field Ramirez after skipping their previous outings to rest a sore shoulder.
Ramirez, the reigning Best Setter, saw action in the second and third sets in a relief role for Sarah Verutiao, who tallied 21 of the Legarda-based squad’s 25 excellent sets.
The Lady Knights went crashing back to earth after a morale-boosting straight sets win over Mapua University for a 1-2 slate.
Glayssa Torres got seven points while Jaymeleene Parin and Charm Simborio combined for 10 markers for the Intramuros-based squad.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs also remained undefeated in three games after drubbing the winless Knights, 25-16, 25-12, 25-15, in the men’s division while the Squires saved Letran from a playdate sweep with a 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20, victory over the Braves in juniors play.
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