BALD BLAZERS? Arellano plucks sixth straight win, downs CSB
Mark Escarlote on Jan 11, 2017 02:07 PM
Rialen Sante of Arellano University drops 15 points in Lady Chiefs' straight sets win over College of St. Benilde.
(The Arena, San Juan)
8:30 a.m. --- EAC vs. MIT (m)
10:00 a.m. --- EAC vs. MIT (w)
11:30 a.m. --- LPU vs. Perpetual (w)
1:00 p.m. --- LPU vs Perpetual (m)
2:30 p.m. --- LPU vs Perpetual (jrs)
Arellano University extended its winning streak to six Wednesday following a cakewalk, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21, win over reigning titlist College of St. Benilde to move a step closer to clinching a Final Four berth in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Rialen Sante and Jovielyn Prado showed the way for the former champions, combining for 27 of the team’s 39 attack points as the Lady Chiefs improved to 6-1 slate.
Sante had 15 points, Prado got 13 while Rica Calixto finished with 10 markers for the Lady Chiefs, who handed CSB its second loss in eight games.
The win also served as a revenge for Season 90 champion Arellano after being ousted by CSB in the last stage of the stepladder semis last year.
"One year namin dinamdam yun (pagkatalo)," said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier. "Sinabi ko sa mga bata na gawin natin 'yung motivation at naging aral sa amin 'yung talo na yun."
Arellano moved up to second spot behind San Sebastian College (6-0), which is playing Perpetual Help as of posting time. The Lady Chiefs will face Lyceum of the Philippines University next week before wrapping up their elims campaign against Perpetual on January 25.
Ranya Musa scored all of her 12 points from kills while Jan Daguil finished with 11 markers for CSB, which committed an atrocious 32 errors that hastened their fall.
The Lady Blazers, who promised to shave their heads if they lose another match, will wrap up the elimination round on January 25 against the Lady Stags.
In case SSC-R sweeps the elims, the Lady Stags will advance outright to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage while sending the semifinals into a stepladder format.
In men’s play, College of St. Benilde secured a spot in the Final Four after dismantling Arellano University, 23-25, 25-16, 29-27, 25-20, as the Blazers notched their seventh straight win in eight outings.
John Vic De Guzman once again showed the way for CSB with 25 points anchored on 22 kills, a couple of aces and a block. Isaah Arda had 18 markers with 14 coming off attacks and four from kill blocks while Francis Basilan added 10 for the Blazers, who kept a tight hold of the top spot.
The Chiefs absorbed its second loss in seven games despite the 15-point effort of John Cabillan and 14 markers of skipper Benrasid Latip.
In the juniors play, the Braves (4-1) defeated the Junior Blazers (0-5), 25-18, 25-8, 25-19.
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