BOTH ends meet today in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament as defending champion Arellano University, undefeated in six matches, shoots for the first semifinals berth against winless Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The Lady Chiefs are tipped to prevail in their 12 noon encounter with the Lady Generals at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, fresh from a long Christmas break but facing a tough four-game, two-week grind to cap its elimination round campaign, plays Mapua at 2 p.m.
Arellano, the league’s top spiking team, is looking good in its bid to capture a third consecutive championship with a balanced offense that coach Obet Javier preaches.
The perfect run happened despite the season-long struggles of Regine Arocha, and the Season 93 Finals MVP is simply hoping that the New Year will bring back her old form to help the Lady Chiefs remain on top.
Last year’s top rookie Necole Ebuen, Princess Bello and Carla Donato have risen to the occasion for Arellano in the tournament, proving to be worthy replacements for Jovie Prado, Andrea Marzan and Anne Esguerra.
Still looking for the elusive first win, EAC (0-7) seeks to be competitive to give its foes a tough fight.
The team with the least number of games with five, the Lady Altas are now on a catch-up mode.
Sporting a 3-2 record, Perpetual Help is trailing idle San Sebastian (4-2) by half-a-game in the race for the last semifinals berth.
A win over the Lady Cardinals will boost the Lady Altas heading into this Thursday’s critical match-up with the Lady Chiefs that will make or break their season.
Mapua, in eighth spot at 1-5, will enter the game on cloud nine, as the Lady Cardinals are coming off a 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 spanking of the Lady Generals last Thursday in a victory that ended a 23-match losing skid.