Arellano back on top of standings after blasting LPU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 21, 2018 03:10 PM
Arellano back on top of standings after blasting LPU
Last year's Finals MVP Jovielyn Prado didn't have to do much as Regine Arocha and three others did the heavy lifting in Arellano's fifth win in a row to start the season

Arellano University didn’t take long in reclaiming sole possession of the top spot in the NCAA 93 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

A day after challenger San Beda College knotted them in the standings, four Lady Chiefs scored in double-digits as the defending champions overwhelmed shorthanded Lyceum of the Philippines University in straight sets, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-11 at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Saturday.

First-year player Nicole Ebuen had just 11 points to top the scoring column, but all of Regine Arocha, Carla Donato, Mary Anne Esguerra, and Andrea Marzan joined her in double-digits with 10 markers each in their fifth win in a row to start the season.

After dropping a set for the first time in the tournament the last time around, Arellano dominated from start to finish and needed just a little over an hour to claim the match.

They more than doubled all the spikes their opponents could muster, 41-20, while also making a living from the service line with nine aces.

While the Lady Chiefs only had one block, their floor defense was superb as they counted 43 digs with Jovielyn Prado accounting for 12.

Last year’s Finals MVP didn’t even have to score much as she only wound up with three points.

With the win, the defending champions got some separation from the 4-0 Lady Red Spikers as well as 4-1 University of Perpetual Help.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla paced the Lady Pirates with eight points apiece. Still bitten by the injury bug with only 10 players suited up, they fell to 1-4.

Arellano’s men’s team was likewise victorious versus LPU’s men’s team with the former dropping the latter in four sets, 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, and 25-17.

Demy Lapuz showed the way with 17 points while Kevin Liberato and John Cabillan chipped in 14 markers apiece to make sure the Chiefs stayed spotless after five games.


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