Arellano U out to complete NCAA volleyball twin titles
Mark Escarlote on Feb 19, 2018 07:59 AM
ONE MORE WIN -- Arellano University is just a win away from a repeat title in the 93rd NCAA women's volleyball competition.
Arellano University zeroes in on claiming a double championship Monday when its men’s and women’s teams go for the jugular in their respective Finals series in the 93rd NCAA volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Chiefs will get the first try to give Arellano U a breakthrough championship in Game 2 of the best-of-three series against perennial title contender University of Perpetual Help.
Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.
Christian dela Paz waxed-hot with 24 points as the Chiefs handed the Altas their first loss of the season, 12-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-9, in Game 1 on Friday.
But Chiefs head coach Sherwin Meneses knows that closing the series against a well-experienced team like Perpetual is not an easy task.
“’Yung Perpetual kayang bumawi. Hindi pa yan tapos pero kami ready kami. Maglalaro kami ng maganda sa Game 2,” said Meneses, who is looking to give the Legarda-based squad its breakthrough crown.
“Parehas na yan eh. Sila gusto nilang bumawi, kami gusto naming mag-champion,” added Meneses, whose team spoiled the day Joebert Almodiel received his Rookie of the Year/Most Valuable Player award. “Kung sino ang maganda ang ilalaro sa Monday yun ang mananalo at kung sino ang buo ang loob kasi malaking pressure na game ‘yan eh.”
Meanwhile, the Lady Chiefs are out to complete its back-to-back title bid as they meet San Beda University at 4:00 p.m.
Arellano U carved out a 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, win in the series opener in a match that saw the Lady Chiefs struggle in their service reception.
“Focus kami sa receive pa rin kasi noong third set at fourth sets doon kmai nabutasan eh,” said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier.
Arellano U will pin their hopes on Best Opposite Spiker winner Regine Arocha, RoY Necole Ebuen and veterans Andrea Marzan, Mary Anne Esguerra and graduating hitter Jovielyn Prado.
“Kailangan naming maging confident pero dapat hindi po kami mag-relax,” said Arocha, who had 14 markers in Game 1.
The Lady Red Spikers, who are on their first-ever Finals appearance, will rely on Cesca Racraquin, who had 21 points, 23 excellent receptions and 21 digs, the Viray twins Nieza and Jiezela and Trisha Paras to force a decider on Thursday.
The last double-championship in the league was in Season 89 when Perpetual topped the men's and women's divisions.
Game 1 of the juniors Finals between four-peat-seeking Perpetual Help and Letran is slated at 11:00 a.m.
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