ARELLANO University continued to stamp its class on the opposition as the defending champions carved out a 25-17, 25-17, 25-12 romp of Letran yesterday in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The quirks of the schedule has bode well for the Lady Chiefs, who have seized the solo lead with a 3-0 slate, with all of their wins coming against last season’s bottom feeder teams.
“Basta kami, one game at a time talaga. Kung sino ang next game namin, yun ang pinag-eensayuhan namin. Sisiguraduhin namin na magawa namin ang dapat naming gawin,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier.
Later, Jose Rizal University vaulted to solo fourth with a quick 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College.
Jovie Prado and Necole Ebuen shared the scoring mantle for the Lady Chiefs with 11 points apiece while Anne Esguerra dropped all of her points from attacks, going of 8-of-15.
Arellano’s 15-game winning run is now the longest since University of Perpetual Help System Dalta went on a 19-game winning streak spanning two seasons (Season 87 and 88).
The Lady Bombers have now won two straight after a season-opening loss, as Shola Alvarez continued her heads-up play with 24 points in just three sets on top of 11 digs and eight excellent receptions.
Alvarez followed up her career-high 28 points in JRU’s five-set decision of San Sebastian last Monday.
“Yung mga girls kaya nang mag-compete. Hopefully, step by step,” said coach Mia Tioseco, as the Lady Bombers are determined to make it to the Final Four this season. “Marunong na maging composed ang mga players. Iyon ang key namin.”
Dolly Verzosa and Karen Montojo teamed up for 13 hits for JRU.
After sitting out in the first two matches due to injury, reigning Best Setter Rhea Ramirez was finally fielded in, producing four excellent sets, as Javier hopes that her playmaker will rediscover her old form.
“Konting adjustment pa,” said Javier.
Letran stumbled to its second loss in three contests, while the last-placed Lady Bombers fell at 0-3.
In men’s play, Kevin Liberato and John Joseph Cabillan each scored 12 points as Arellano stretched its perfect run to three games with a 25-16, 25-12, 25-15 dismantling of Letran.