ARELLANO University made quick work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20, to seize solo hold of second spot in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.
Even without Regine Arocha in the 63-minute contest, the four-peat seeking Lady Chiefs still found a virtual workout against the also-ran Lady Generals heading into their biggest game of the season.
Barring any postponement, Arellano hopes to foil College of Saint Benilde’s bid to jump straight to the Finals and turn the semis into a step-ladder format on Monday.
The Lady Blazers, who are expected to breeze past Mapua at 2 p.m. today, are unbeaten in seven matches.
Later, already-eliminated Letran outlasted University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 16-25, 17-15, to even up its record to 4-4.
With a 7-1 card, the Lady Chiefs gained the needed cushion for the No. 2 ranking in the semifinals. A win over St. Benilde will seal Arellano’s twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
“Basta gagawin lang namin best namin. Kung sino man makatapat, ta-try namin makuha yung panalo doon. Every game lang naman ang gusto namin ay manalo nang manalo,” said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier.
The Lady Altas, meanwhile, ended their elimination round stint with a 6-3 record.
With the loss, Perpetual has yielded the third spot to San Beda, which has a 6-2 mark and will play out-of-it-all Lyceum of the Philippines University at 2 p.m. today.
Carla Donato took the scoring mantle for Arellano with 12 kills, reigning MVP Necole Ebuen added 11 points, while seldom-used Nicole Sasuman contributed seven points.
Arocha was in uniform but was not fielded in. The two-time Finals MVP winner is expected to play when the Lady Chiefs face the Lady Blazers.
Chamberlaine Cuñada was solid again for the Lady Knights with 19 points while Daisy Melendres added 16 points, including three blocks.
Jhona Rosal had 22 points, 13 digs and eight receptions while Yanca Tripoli had three service aces to finish with 14 points for the Lady Altas.
Cathrine Almazan led EAC with 14 points, 10 digs and seven receptions.
The Lady Generals, winless last year, finished their stint with a 1-8 mark.
In the men’s division, Jesrael Liberato had 23 points as Arellano rallied from two sets down to beat EAC, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-13, and clinch the third semis berth with a 6-2 record.