PVL: Lady Chiefs, Lady Altas collect debut wins
Mark Escarlote on Aug 18, 2019 03:01 PM
NCAA champion Arellano University won its opening day game in Group B. (Josh Albelda)
NCAA Finals protagonists Arellano University and University of Perpetual Help score contrasting victories to open their respective campaigns in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The reigning NCAA champion Lady Chiefs needed only 69 minutes to tame Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-7, 25-13, in Group B to join other opening day winners University of Sto. Tomas and College of St. Benilde.
Arellano U cruised right from the opening serve as head coach Obet Javier emptied his bench and tried different rotations.
“Sinabi ko lang naman sa team ko na every time magkakaroon ka ng opportunity na maglaro lalo na sa venue na to, dapat yan, kumbaga i-grab mo kasi maraming gusto maglaro dito e,” he said. “So, kahit na sabihin na natin na nanalo tayo noong first set, lagi kong nire-remind na mas gandahan pa lalo yung performance para kumbaga yung confidence ng team ko, umangat pa.”
NCAA reigning Most Valuable Player Necole Ebuen and NCAA Collegiate Press Corps Volleyball Player of the Year Regine Arocha scored 10 points each for the Lady Chiefs. Arocha, the NCAA Season 94 Finals MVP, added 13 digs and four excellent receptions.
No Lady Engineers player scored in double figures with Khem Consencino scoring only five points to lead TIP.
Meanwhile, the Lady Altas needed to regroup after a third set meltdown to beat San Sebastian College, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, in Group A to join Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University at the top of the standings.
Charina Scott paced the Las Pinas-based squad with 13 points while Jhona Rosal got 11 markers. The duo combined for 20 of the Lady Altas’ 40 kills.
“Yung third set medyo nag-relax, naging complacent na doon sa ginagawa nila. Akala nila panalo na agad may moment kasi na pag tinitingnan ko yung mga players parang easy-easy lang which is hindi naman dapat,” said Perpetual head coach Macky Carino. “Buti na lang pagdating ng fourth set nag-iba na talaga. Gusto na talaga manalo.”
Bianca Ordona and Reyann Canete finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Lady Stags.
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