NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Nararamdaman ko na ang presence ni Arocha – Javier
Mark Escarlote on Jan 22, 2019 05:31 PM
Bilang senior talagang siya ang tinitingnan ko eh. Kahit papaano ‘yung pagiging senior niya nandoon na, umaangat na eh. Kumbaga nararamdaman ko na ‘yung presence ni Arocha ngayon -- Arellano U coach Obet Javier on Regine Arocha
Regine Arocha struggled in form for most of the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition.
But the veteran opposite hitter stepped up big time when she was needed the most, leading two-time defending champion Arellano University back to the Finals for the third straight season.
Arocha delivered at crunch time as the Lady Chiefs swept last year’s runner-up San Beda University, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23, Tuesday in the Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Bilang senior talagang siya ang tinitingnan ko eh. Kahit papaano ‘yung pagiging senior niya nandoon na, umaangat na eh. Kumbaga nararamdaman ko na ‘yung presence ni Arocha ngayon,” said Arellano U coach Obet Javier.
“Kumbaga maganda ‘yung nangyari. Siguro sa tulong din ng mga coaches ko kaya ganoon lumabas yung laro ni Regine.”
Arocha scored 17 points off 13 attacks, two aces and two kill blocks for the Lady Chiefs.
The hitter shone the brightest in the closing stretch of the third set as she sparked Arellano U’s comeback from a 15-20 deficit. Arocha scored back-to-back hits in the squad’s 6-0 scoring spurt to take the helm, 21-20.
Arocha tied the frame at 23 after San Beda fought back to retake the lead to pave the way for Alyana San Gregorio’s crosscourt hit before Necole Ebuen sealed the first Finals ticket with her finishing hit.
Her big game came a week following a quiet 10-point outing that saw Arellano U’s eight-game winning streak snapped at the close of the elimination round.
The loss denied the Lady Chiefs an outright Finals berth.
“Unang-una po ‘yung sa pagkatalo namin sa Beda sobrang nasaktan po kami doon eh. Kaya sinabi namin sa sarili namin na ayaw na ulit naming maramdaman yun. Lesson learned. Masaya po kami ngayon na nanalo kami,” said Arocha.
Arellano U will take on the survivor between College of St. Benilde and University of Perpetual in the other Final Four pairing.
The best-of-three Finals will begin on February 1.
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