Lady Chiefs look to bury stunned Lady Stags in Finals duel
Mark Escarlote on Feb 10, 2017 10:14 AM
Arellano University is out to continue its hot streak to inch closer to its second women's volleyball title.
With the Finals reduced to a virtual best-of-three series, Arellano University seek to turn the tables around against the stunned San Sebastian Lady Stags Friday in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Game 2 at The Arena in San Juan.
Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live over ABS-CBN S+A Channel, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
The Lady Chiefs pulled off a shocker last Tuesday in a 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, win in the series opener against the erstwhile undefeated Lady Stags.
Now on equal ground after negating SSC-R’s thrice-to-beat advantage, Arellano attempts to move a step closer to the title it last held two years ago.
But Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier remains cautious and expects SSC-R to comeback at them firing on all cylinders after they opened an old wound.
“Hindi natin masabi (na nasa amin na ang momentum) pero pipilitin namin. Sa second game pipilitin ulit naming manalo at magtuluy-tuloy pa,” said Javier, whose squad is on a 10-game winnings streak since the elimination round.
Regine Arocha, who scored 14 points in Game 1, Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Mary Anne Esguerra are again expected to deliver the same numbers they had the last time out for the Lady Chiefs.
It was a devastating loss for the Lady Stags as it brought back the nightmare of their last year’s Finals series against College of St. Benilde when the Lady Blazers also took the series opener before eventually snatching the crown.
SSC-R was in disarray in the opener with Grethcel Soltones scoring 15 points in 45 attack attempts and middles Katherine Villegas and Joyce Sta. Rita limited to only three points each.
“Ngayon tabla na (ang series). Kailangang manalo ng dalawa. Sa isang pagkakamali pa natin matatapo ang lahat ng nagawa namin (sa eliminations),” said SSC-R coach Roger Gorayeb, whose wards swept the 9-game elims.
Game 3 is on Tuesday.
In juniors' play, Perpetual Help aims to sustain the momentum of its 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 triumph Tuesday as it tangles with elims sweeper Lyceum of the Philippines University at 12:00 noon.
Thanks to the series-opening win, the Junior Altas have evened things up as they negated the Junior Pirates' thrice-to-beat advantage.
Games Three is on Tuesday while a deciding Game Four, if necessary, is on Feb. 16.
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