ARELLANO University made Dolly Verzosa work hard for every point as the defending champions topped Jose Rizal University, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17, to extend its perfect run to three yesterday in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Bombers struggled offensively, with the usually effective Verzosa held down to a season-low eight kills after scoring a combined 37 points in the first two matches.
Regine Arocha produced another solid game with 12 points and 15 digs. Carla Donato, who tallied four of the Lady Chiefs' 10 blocks, added 10 points, while Princess Bello had three service aces to finish with eight points.
Arellano stayed close with College of Saint Benilde, which improved to a league-best 4-0 following a 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 romp of Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Klarisa Abriam scattered 16 kills before sitting out in the third frame while Michelle Gamit added 11 points for the Lady Blazers.
The Lady Chiefs were able to find ways to trim down JRU's blocking, as Arellano was able to churn out 36 attack points.
"Kung kaya ninyong pigilin sa ibabaw, gawin natin," said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier. "Maganda naman ang naging resulta, yung mga middle blocker ko, kahit hindi gaanong ka-effective sa palo, pero yung sa block, dahil matangkad, nagagamit yung laki nila."
The Lady Bombers fell to 1-2.
JRU setter Renesa Melgar was forced to contribute on offense with five points, while Mary May Ruiz scored all but one of her five points from attacks.
Krizzia Reyes sustained her solid play for the Lady Generals with 13 points.
Winless in three matches, EAC is tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Sebastian at the basement.
In the men's division, Jesrael Liberato finished with 16 points, including four blocks as Arellano joined titleholder University of Perpetual Help System Dalta on top at 3-0 following a 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16 conquest of JRU.
The Braves also joined the six-peat seeking Junior Altas for the boys' lead, extending their unbeaten streak to three with a 25-10, 25-21, 25-18 win over the Light Bombers.
In the inaugural girls' division matches Wednesday at the San Sebastian Gym, Perpetual defeated LPU, 25-12, 25-12, 25-15, while Arellano swept San Sebastian, 25-13, 25-9, 25-5. The league this year introduced girls’ volleyball as a demonstration event.