NCAA volleyball: Arellano Lady Chiefs edge Letran Lady Knights

Published February 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Games Wednesday

(The Arena, San Juan)

8:30 a.m. – Mapua vs LPU (Junior’s)

10 a.m. – Mapua vs LPU (Men’s)

12 noon – Mapua vs LPU (Women’s)

2 p.m. – EAC vs SSC-R (Women’s)

3:30 p.m. – EAC vs SSC-R (Men’s)

5 p.m. – EAC vs SSC-R (Junior’s)

Defending three-time champion Arellano University rebounded from a shocking defeat recently with a 25-14, 26-28, 25-19, 25-16 win over Letran t move closer to a Final Four spot in NCAA Season 95 volleyball Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

Princess Bello of Arellano University connects a spike against Letran in the NCAA Season 95 volleyball Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan. (NCAA Images)
Princess Bello of Arellano University tries to connect a spike against Letran in the NCAA Season 95 volleyball Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan. (NCAA Images)

Regine Arocha powered the Lady Chiefs with 19 points and three service aces, while Necole Ebuen, last season’s MVP, and Carla Donato added 13 and 12 points as Arellano moved up to solo second with a 6-1 card.

The Lady Chiefs rallied from a 24-19 deficit with five straight points that leveled the score at 24-all in the second set.

The Lady Knights, however, held their poise to level the match at one set apiece.

Arellano was not to be denied, though, as it dominated the next two sets to win the game.

Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier was not satisfied with this team’s performance due to their numerous errors.

“Nanalo ka pero hindi ganong kasaya kasi ang dami pa ring lapses ‘yung team,” said Javier, pointing to the team’s inconsistencies, particularly in the second set which they lost.

Letran’s setback dropped the team to fifth spot with a 3-3 card, trailing San Beda (4-2) by a game in the race for the last semifinals berth.

Chamberlaine Cuñada tallied 16 points and Julienne Castro had 10 points and 10 digs for the Lady Knights.

In men’s play, Jesrael Liberato had 17 points, including three blocks, as Arellano made short work of Letran 25-22, 25-12, 25-17 for a 5-2 card.

Arellano also extended its perfect juniors run to seven following a 25-12, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 conquest of Letran.