Arellano U books sixth straight Final Four appearance
Arellano University made short work of San Beda College to advance in the Final Four.
What was expected to be a tough battle between two unbeaten teams and title contenders turned into a one-sided affair as the defending champion Arellano University pounded San Beda College into submission, 25-17, 25-10, 25-17, Friday to clinch a semifinals spot in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Chiefs claimed their seventh straight victory in as many outings to advance in their sixth straight Final Four appearance. Arellano U also extended their winning streak to 19th in a row since last season.
Graduating player Jovielyn Prado and Regine Arocha wreaked havoc on the Lady Red Spikers’ defense, sending missiles from different angles to bring down SBC, which dropped its first match this season after a 6-0 start - its best opening record in years.
Prado hammered 13 kills and nailed four service aces to finish with 17 points spiked with nine excellent receptions while Arocha had 11 markers she coupled with a good defensive effort, posting 12 digs for the Legarda-based squad, who are two wins away from booking an outright berth in the best-of-three Finals.
Arellano U’s last two assignments are against College of St. Benilde on Monday and San Sebastian College on February 1.
“Siguro ngayon baka mas maganda gising namin saka motivated ang team naming manalo kasi itong game sa Beda ang pinakamahalagang game sa elims, kasi dito masasabi kung sino makaka-sweep,” said head coach Obet Javier.
The Lady Chiefs pounced on the Lady Red Spikers’ suspect reception to cruise in the opening set dictated the tempo of the entire match. Arellano U raced to a 7-0 start in the second frame and opened a 14-point gap, 22-8, to breeze past SBC and build a 2-0 match lead.
It was again all Arellano in the third, mirroring the first two frames, as the Lady Chiefs sent the error-plagued Lady Red Spikers to a 16-6 hole.
San Beda skipper Cesca Racraquin and Nieza Viray tried to will the Lady Red Spikers back as they cut their deficit to 21-17 after Prado sent her service long.
But the Lady Chiefs took the last four points with Racraquin yielding the match with an attack error – the last of San Beda’s 31 miscues.
Racraquin, who averaged 17.5 points per game in their first six matches, was held to a season-low six points while Viray, who normed with 15.5 points per outing, was also limited to six for the Mendiola-based squad.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs (6-1) defeated the Red Spikers (5-2), 25-23, 25-19, 25-16.
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