NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs keep unbeaten card intact

Mark Escarlote on Jan 23, 2020 02:32 PM
 NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs keep unbeaten card intact
Three-time defending champion Arellano University improved its unbeaten record to 3-0 after sweeping Jose Rizal University. (Josh Albelda)

Three-time defending champion Arellano University head coach Obet Javier’s game plan against Jose Rizal University was to keep the Lady Bombers' main scoring option Dolly Verzosa from detonating.

It was a perfect plan as the Lady Chiefs easily defused JRU, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17, by effectively neutralizing Verzosa on their way to their third straight win in as many outings on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

“Siguro naano lang si Verzosa kasi alam niyang babantayan siya. Ang ginawa ko naman kasi para ano, pina-target ko na lang si Verzosa para bago pa man siya makarating dun sa unahan medyo pagod na rin siya kakapasa,” said Javier, whose wards made Verzosa bleed for eight points –all from kills in 37 attempts – after averaging 18.5 markers per outing in JRU’s first two games.

Graduating hitter Regine Arocha scored 12 points anchored on 11 kills while adding 15 digs for Arellano U. Carla Donato got 10 points off six spikes and four kill blocks while Pricess Bello and Necole Ebuen combined for 14 markers for the Legarda-based squad.

Aside from taking Verzosa out of the equation, the Lady Chiefs also relied on their blocking with 10 kill blocks and nailing 36 attack points behind Sarah Verutiao’s 19 excellent sets.

The Lady Bombers absorbed their second defeat in a row for a 1-2 win-loss slate. Mary May Ruiz and Renesa Melgar finished with five points each for JRU.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs climbed to a share of the lead with defending two-time champion University of Perpetual Help after beating the Heavy Bombers, 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16, for their third win in as many gamee.

Jesrael Liberato scored 16 points, Christian Dela Paz had 14 markers while Christian Segovia had 12 for Arellano U, which sent JRU reeling to its second loss in three games.

In juniors play, the Braves blasted winless Light Bombers, 25-10, 25-21, 25-18, for a 3-0 record tied with defending five-time champion Perpetual.



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