Lady Chiefs defuse Lady Bombers for a share of second spot
Mark Escarlote on Jan 04, 2017 04:36 PM
Andrea Marzan (no. 14) and Jovielyn Prado of Arellano University denied the attack of Jose Rizal University's Karen Montojo.
(The Arena, San Juan)
8:30 a.m. --- CSB vs SBC (jrs)
10:00 a.m. --- CSB vs. SBC (m)
11:30 a.m. --- CSB vs SBC (w)
1:00 p.m. --- Mapua vs Letran (w)
2:30 p.m. --- Mapua vs Letran (m)
Arellano University flirted with disaster in its return to action after the holiday break before regrouping just in time to stave off the upset-conscious Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 26-28, 25-6, 25-15, 25-20, Wednesday at the resumption of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Chiefs, looking to return to the throne after losing the crown last year, notched their fifth straight win in six games to move closer to clinching a semifinals spot but needed a huge bounce back in the second frame to recover from a sluggish start.
Arellano moved to a three-way tie at second with Lyceum of the Philippines University and defending champion College of St. Benilde behind unbeaten San Sebastian College (6-0).
Jovielyn Prado finished with 18 points with 16 coming off kills while skipper Rialen Saet and Mary Anne Esguerra got 15 and 13 markers, respectively, for the Lady Chiefs, who will take on CSB, LPU and Perpetual Help to wrap up their eliminations campaign.
“Ang target namin na kailangang manalo nangyayari. ‘Yun nga lang ang game kanina, ‘yung mga player ko masyadong in-underestimate ang kalaban which is mali naman talaga,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier. “’Yun ang no. 1 kong itata-tackle sa kanila.”
The mentor added that he gave his team a quick tongue-lashing after the opening set to get their heads in the game.
“Ipina-realize ko sa kanila na kapag ganyan ang mangyayari ay pwede tayong bumaba sa rankings at pwede pa kaming malaglag kung saka-sakali,” said Javier. “Eh buti naman nag-response ng maayos.”
JRU formally bowed out of contention in the semifinals race after absorbing its fifth loss in seven outings.
Shola Alvarez had 17 points while Rosalie Pepito chipped in 14 for the Lady Bombers, who still have Letran and Perpetual in their list of assignments to close their season.
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