Arellano U eyes return to solo lead
Mark Escarlote on Jan 20, 2018 11:43 PM
Arellano University hunts for its fifth straight win and return to solo lead.
(FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
9:30 a.m. -- JRU vs. Perpetual (m)
11:00 a.m. –- JRU vs. Perpetual (w)
12:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (w)
2:00 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (m)
3:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (jrs)
Unbeaten defending champion Arellano University seeks to regain the solo lead when the Lady Chiefs take on struggling Lyceum of the Philippines University in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Opening serve is at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. clash between University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University.
The Lady Chiefs share the leader board with San Beda College after four outings and are on a 16-game winning streak since last season.
Arellano U faced a tough battle the last time out, dropping a set for the first time this season in a 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, win over the Lady Bombers last Tuesday.
Against the Lady Pirates, who are sporting a 1-3 card, Lady Chiefs head Obet Javier will have the advantage of a deep bench with rookie Necole Ebuen, Regine Arocha, Mary Anne Esguerra and Jovielyn Prado at his disposal.
A stark contrast to the squad of veteran mentor Emil Lontoc.
Crippled with only eight available players, LPU is limping through the tournament. The Lady Pirates dropped a 26-28, 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, match against their Intramuros neighbor.
Perpetual, meanwhile, is looking to extend its winning streak to three after back-to-back five-set victories over San Sebastian College and Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The Lady Altas carry a 3-1 slate while the Lady Bombers, who are looking to return in the win column after seeing their two-game winning streak snapped by the Lady Chiefs, are locked in a four-way logjam at 2-2 with San Sebastian College, College of St. Benilde and Letran.
In men’s play, unbeaten joint leaders Altas and Chiefs hunt for their fifth win against their respective foes.
Perpetual takes on listless Bombers at 9:30 a.m. while Arellano U crosses paths with the Pirates at 2:00 p.m.
The lone juniors match between LPU and Arellano is set at 3:30 p.m.
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