Arellano Lady Chiefs: Fighting for Sustainability
Anton Roxas on Jan 15, 2016 10:37 AM
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Arellano University joined the NCAA as a guest team in 2009. In their first four seasons in the league, they only managed to win two gold medals – Back-to-back Championships in Men’s Beach Volleyball in 2010 and 2011. But, despite their lack of success, the school was accepted as a regular member in 2013. The following year, the floodgates seemed to open for the Legarda based institution as they experienced its most successful season.
In NCAA Season 90, Arellano collected three gold medals by winning in Men’s Chess, Cheerleading and Women’s Volleyball. Among the three championships, the Women’s Volleyball crown was the sweetest as they swept powerhouse San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the Finals.
This year, the Arellano Lady Chiefs hope to defend their title despite the absence of Menchie Tubiera, who averaged 15.5 points per match in the championship series against SSC-R and was named Finals MVP.
The Lady Chiefs finished the elimination round in second place with an 8-1 record. Their lone defeat happened on December 12, 2015 against SSC-R, who beat them, 3-1.
Three players are averaging in double-figures in points for the Lady Chiefs. Leading the way is the 6-foot tall Cristine Joy Rosario, who tallied 13.3 points per match in the elimination round. Rosario, whose nickname is “CJ” is the younger sister of former National University standout, Troy Rosario who now plays professionally in the PBA. She actually played one UAAP season with NU before transferring to Arellano where she is now playing out her final year.
Another scoring threat for the Lady Chiefs is 3rd year open spiker, Jovie Prado. The 19 year old Bicol native was discovered by Arellano Head Coach Obet Javier in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City. Prado turned out to be a prized find as she fired in 12.1 points per match in the elimination round.
Former Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraw Danna Henson is the third player on the team averaging in double-figures (11.3 points per match). Henson is also playing in her final year for the Lady Chiefs.
Other players to watch out for are sophomore setter Rhea Ramirez and middle blocker Shirley Salamagos, who stands 5’11”. Eunice Galang plays the libero position for the Lady Chiefs while another former NU Lady Bulldog, Ria Sante serves as Arellano’s Team Captain.
Last Tuesday, the College of St. Benilde eliminated the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 3-1 to earn the right to face the Lady Chiefs.
NCAA Season 91 Volleyball will be aired live today, January 15, 2016 on ABS-CBN Sports+Action starting with the Men’s Final Four match between #2 UPHSD and #3 CSB at 2:00 P.M. followed by the AU-CSB match in the Women’s division. At stake in the second match is a ticket to the NCAA Season 91 Finals where the unbeaten SSC-R Lady Stags are waiting with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Today’s matches will take place at The Arena in San Juan City.