Lady Chiefs tame Red Lionesses for a share of the lead

Mark Escarlote on Dec 10, 2015 05:30 PM
Lady Chiefs tame Red Lionesses for a share of the lead
The defending champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs scalped the San Beda Lionesses to remain unbeaten in four games for a share of the lead.

Defending champion Arellano University overpowered San Beda, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20, Thursday to seize a share of the lead with San Sebastian College in the 91st NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Jovielyn Grace Prado went on a spiking rampage and finished with a match-best 17 hits while CJ Rosario, Danna Henson and Shirley Salamagos contributed 13, 11 and 10, respectively, to help the Lady Chiefs nail their fourth win in row.

"We just played aggressive, that was the key," said Arellano U coach Obet Javier in Filipino.

The Lionesses dropped to 1-3 and missed a chance to build momentum after their straight set win over Mapua that ended SBC’s 11-game losing streak since last season. 

Meanwhile, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates diffused the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 25-13 to collect their second win in four outings for a three-way logjam in fourth to fifth spot with their victim and Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals.

Czarina Orros led the Lady Pirates with 16 points, Mickaela Andres had 15 markers while Cherilyn Sindayen and Jhemil Abadilla finished with 10 each for LPU.   

San Beda exacted revenge on Arellano U in men's play, pulling off a pulsating 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 17-25, 15-12 victory to move to solo fourth with a 3-1 win-loss record and a three-game winning streak.

Yeshua Felix Manliclic and Mark Christian Enciso unloaded 17 points apiece while team captain Alfie Mascarinas scattered 12 hits that propelled the Lions to victory.

The Chiefs fell to 2-2.

LPU barged in the win column after sweeping the woeful JRU squad, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19, for a 1-3 record tied with Letran, SSC-R and Mapua. 

The Bombers are winless in four outings.

In juniors' action, Arellano smothered San Beda, 25-15, 25-12, 25-21, to move up to solo No. 2 with a 3-1 card behind the league-leading Perpetual Help, the defending champion which is unbeaten in three starts.

Aldimal Waham provided the scoring punch with a match-high 21 points, 16 on kills, three on blocks and two on service aces.

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