Lady Chiefs draw closer to a semifinals spot

Mark Escarlote on Dec 17, 2015 02:58 PM
Lady Chiefs draw closer to a semifinals spot
Another win and the reigning titlist Arellano University will clinch a spot in the semifinals.

The defending champion Arellano University is already knocking at the Final Four door.

Banking on yet another stellar performance from Christine Joy Rosario, the Lady Chiefs made a short work of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 25-11, 25-7, 25-20, Thursday in the resumption of the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Taking on the role of being the top scoring option with Menchie Tubiera skipping the season because of an injury, Rosario hammered 15 spikes and had three solid blocks to lead Arellano with 18 points.

Jovielyn Prado had 13 markers while Danna Henson added 12 points for the Lady Chiefs’ 48-minute clobbering of the Lady Generals.

Arellano is just a win away from clinching a spot in the semifinals. The Lady Chiefs’ last assignments are College of St. Benilde and Jose Rizal University.

Only the top two teams after the 9-game eliminations will advance in the next round where the top two teams will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bombers breathe new life to their semis drive with a quick demolition of San Beda, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10, that formally knocked the Red Lionesses out of contention.

Shola Alvarez, Rosalie Pepito and Kare Maontojo led JRU’s fight with 16, 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Lady Generals are on the brink of elimination after absorbing their fourth loss in seven games. Another loss will show EAC the exit door.

Skipper Yvonne Reyes was the only Lady General in double figure with 10 markers.

Nieza Viray scored 12 points for the Lionesses, who are on a three-game slide for a 10-5 record.

In men's action, reigning men's titlist EAC turned back Arellano, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, to keep its spot atop the standings with a 6-1 card.

The San Beda Red Lions roared to second spot with a 4-2 record behind Perpetual Help (5-0) with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 victory over the winless Heavy Bombers (0-6).

In juniors play, former champion EAC Brigadiers swept the Arellano Braves, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23, to remain on second spot with a 4-1 mark.

The Braves absorbed their second loss in six games but are still on top of the standings. 



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