DEFENDING two-time champion Arellano University made short work of winless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-11, 25-8, to nail the first semifinals berth in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Except in the early part of the opening frame where the Lady Generals were very much in the game, the Lady Chiefs simply imposed their will on both ends of the floor in the 63-minute contest.
“Ni-remind ko lang yung mga bata kung ano yung target namin para sa game na ito. Siyempre, gusto naming itaas yung morale namin lalo,” said coach Obet Javier after Arellano improved to 7-0.
Later, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta moved in a tie with San Sebastian at No. 4 following a 25-22, 25-17, 25-15 romp of Mapua.
Cindy Imbo had 12 points and 16 digs while Hannah Suico scored all of her 11 points from spikes for the Lady Altas, who rose at 4-2 and will take on the undefeated Lady Chiefs on Thursday.
Making its seventh straight Final Four appearance, all under Javier, Arellano remains on course for an outright passage in the best-of-three championship series.
Regine Arocha had four service aces to finish with 14 points to go with 11 digs while Necole Ebuen chipped in nine points, including three blocks, for the Lady Chiefs.
For coach Macky Cariño, it is all about the Lady Altas to leave everything in their last three matches to make a return trip to the semis.
Jan Andrea Morano had three blocks for an eight-point effort for the Lady Cardinals, who dropped at 1-6.
Jaylene May Lumbo came through with nine points, including two blocks, and 12 digs for EAC.
The Lady Generals stumbled to their eighth successive defeat.
In the men’s division, Christian dela Paz had 16 points and 12 digs as Arellano outlasted EAC, 25-13, 25-18, 27-29, 16-25, 16-14, to assured itself of a semifinals playoff with a 6-1 card.
Juniors action saw EAC down Arellano, 25-14, 25-20, 25-18, with Joshua Conveto leading the way with 26 points.