NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs take solo lead
Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2020 02:09 PM
Reigning three-time champion Arellano University won its fifth straight win to take the solo lead. (Richard Esguerra, file photo)
Three-time defending champion Arellano University preserved its unbeaten card and moved up to solo lead after dominating San Beda University, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, on Monday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Necole Ebuen and Regine Arocha led the way as the Lady Chiefs collected their fifth win in as many games in a rematch of last year’s semifinals.
The empathic victory over one of the title contenders came two days after Arellano U dropped a set for the first time this season in a four-set win over San Sebastian College.
At 5-0 win-loss slate, the Lady Chiefs are on the right track in the Final Four race.
“Sabihin na lang natin na talagang nagising [sa game sa Baste] pero kasi in-explain namin kung gaano kahalaga ang game ngayon eh. Si San Beda kasi wala pang talo,” said Arellano U coach Obet Javier. “Sinabi ko sa kanila na, ‘Kung sino ang mananalo ngayon ‘yan ang pwedeng mag-no. 2 or no. 1 Must-win ngayon, hindi pwedeng matalo tayo dito sa Beda.’”
MVP contender Arocha finished with 18 points including 13 attacks and added 15 digs while Ebuen got 12 markers built on eight kills and four kill blocks including the game-clinching denial for the Lady Chiefs.
Arellano U went behind, 21-19, in the third sets before Ebuen won the joust against Nieza Viray before the San Beda hitter committed an attack error that tied the frame.
The Lady Red Spikers held the advantage one last time, 22-21, only to see the Lady Chiefs hammer the finishing blows with Ebuen scoring two of the squad’s last three points that sent San Beda reeling to its first loss in four outings.
Cesca Racraquin scored 16 points and 16 digs for the Lady Red Spikers while Viray posted 14 markers and nine excellent receptions.
Meanwhile, the Red Spikers handed the Chiefs their first defeat with a 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, decision in men’s play.
Jeffrey Losa led San Beda, which improved to 3-1, with 18 points, Abdurasad Nursiddik finished with 14 while Lorenz Calayag and Jeremy Alibayan chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Arellano U slid to 4-1 mark.
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