ARELLANO University closed out its successful 2018 season with a swift 25-13, 25-18, 25-15 win over Letran yesterday in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The defending champions will enter the Christmas break with the solo lead and the only unbeaten team in the 10-team field with a 6-0 card.
Later, Jose Rizal University cruised to a 25-21, 25-8, 25-20 victory over luckless Emilio Aguinaldo College to even up its record at 3-3 in sixth place.
Princess Bello and Carla Donato, former reserves who have been solid this season as the Lady Chiefs’ new starters, were at their usual best to maintain their perfect record.
Bello scored all but one of her 13 points from spikes while Donato registered half of her 12 points from blocks.
Last season’s Finals MVP Regine Arocha went 7-of-15 from attacks and had a block to finish with eight points to go with 10 digs and nine receptions for Arellano.
The Lady Chiefs’ liberos also shone, as Cherry Ann Buemia collected 13 digs, and Faye Flores matched Arocha’s nine receptions. Arellano playmaker Rhea Ramirez tossed in 28 excellent sets and fired two service aces.
Dolly Verzosa scattered all of her 12 points from spikes, Karen Montojo also had 12 hits, including four service aces, to go with 12 digs, while Sydney Niegos chipped in 10 points for the Lady Bombers.
Coming off a heartbreaking five-set loss to San Beda last week, JRU played with a lot of fire and passion to dominate the one-hour, four-minute match.
Miracle Mae Mendoza led the Lady Knights with eight points, including three service aces, and six digs.
Jaylene May Lumbo came through with 13 points and 14 digs for the Lady Generals.
Letran fell to 1-5, while EAC tumbled to its sixth straight defeat.
In the men’s division, Jesrael Liberato had 11 points, including two blocks, as Arellano kept within reach of titleholder University of Perpetual Help System Dalta with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-15 romp of Letran for a 5-1 card.
Juniors action saw Letran, behind Mark Omega’s 16 markers, beat Arellano, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, for its fourth win in six matches.