NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Lady Chiefs roll in three-peat bid opener

Mark Escarlote on Nov 23, 2018 02:30 PM
Lady Chiefs roll in three-peat bid opener
Arellano University swept Jose Rizal University to open its grand slam bid.

Arellano University showed no signs of slowing down despite the departure of three key players from last year’s lineup.

The Lady Chiefs crushed Jose Rizal University, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22, Friday to jumpstart their three-peat bid in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.  

Season 93 Rookie of the Year Necole Ebuen, Carla Donato and veteran Regine Arocha led the way for Arellano, which lost Jovielyn Prado, Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan after exhausting their playing years, in a rematch of last year’s Final Four.

Arocha finished with 11 points off eight attacks and a kill block laced with 11 excellent receptions for the Lady Chiefs. Ebuen had 10 markers with all but one coming off kills with 18 digs while Donato registered eight points for Arellano, which poured in 35 attack points behind playmaker Sarah Verutiao's 22 excellent sets.   

Still, head coach Obet Javier wants to see more from his wards.

“Kasi kung titignan natin talagang bago na ang team ko ngayon eh. Kumbaga kailangan talaga naming mag-practice ng husto kasi bago ang middle, so malaki pa ‘yung dapat namin punan, malaki pa ‘yung depirensiya namin,” he said. “Pero umaasa naman ako dahil ‘yung mga bata matyaga, pursigido. Lagi ko lang nire-remind kung ano ang target namin this season.”

Meanwhile, Christian Dela Paz sizzled with 14 points anchored on 11 kills to lead last year’s runner-up Chiefs to a 25-21, 25-18, 25-21, demolition of the Bombers in men’s play.

Dela Paz added 12 digs while team captain Christian Segovia and Jethro Cabillan scored nine each for Arellano, which swept the opening day playdate against JRU.

The Braves completed the Legarda-based school’s shutout after taking down the Light Bombers, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, behind the 20-point effort of Karl Jacinto.



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