NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs hurdle Lady Pirates in opener

Mark Escarlote on Jan 10, 2020 03:58 PM
  NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs hurdle Lady Pirates in opener
Arellano University opened its four-peat bid with a straight sets win over LPU. (Arvin Lim)

It was not the kind of start defending champion Arellano University wanted but the Lady Chiefs still managed to hurdle gritty Lyceum of the Philippines University, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20, on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Arellano U got quite a scare in the first set before regaining their bearings to fend off the Lady Pirates to start its four-peat bid on the right track.

“Nagulat ako kasi sa practice ‘di ganun inensayo namin,” said Arellano U coach Obet Javier. “First game jitters nga siguro buti nga na overcome ng mga bata ‘yung pressure.”

Graduating hitter Regine Arocha delivered 18 points on an 18-of-36 spiking clip. The two-time Finals Most Valuable Player added nine excellent receptions and eight digs for an all-around performance for the Lady Chiefs.

Carla Donato was an imposing force at the net as she tallied seven kill blocks in her 12-point outing while Alyana San Gregorio and Mikaela Juanich combined for 12 markers to carry Arellano U’s offense with reigning MVP Necole Ebuen still not in top shape.

Ebuen, who is just coming off a surgery to remove a cyst in her ovary, scored three markers.

The Lady Chiefs faced a tough challenge from the Lady Pirates in the opening set with LPU taking a 21-18 lead. Arellano U answered with four straight points to take the lead.

The Lady Pirates were able to save two set points, 25-25, before the Lady Chiefs took the next two points.

It was all Arellano U in the next two frames.

Rafael Alexandra scored 12 points while Joan Doguna and Mary Joy Onofre finished with nine markers each for LPU.

Meanwhile, Arellano U completed a sweep of the playdate with its men’s and juniors squads annexing contrasting victories.s

The Chiefs crushed the Pirates, 25-22, 25-14, 25-22, while the Braves outlasted the Junior Pirates, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-12.



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