By WAYLON GALVEZ
Games Monday (The Arena, San Juan)
8:30 a.m. – Arellano vs San Beda (Junior’s)
10 a.m. – Arellano vs San Beda (Men’s)
12 noon – Arellano vs San Beda (Women’s)
2 p.m. – JRU vs Perpetual Help (Women’s)
3:30 p.m. – JRU vs Perpetual Help (Men’s)
5 p.m. – JRU vs Perpetual Help (Junior’s)
Defending champion Arellano University stretched its unbeaten win streak to four as it downed San Sebastian 25-17, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13 in NCAA Season 95 volleyball Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
After winning its first three games all in straight sets, the Lady Chiefs saw that streak end when the Lady Stags came back from a 22-17 hole in the third frame to extend the match.
However, there was no denying Arellano – aiming for its fourth consecutive championship – as it regrouped with a dominant fourth set to get the crucial win.
The Lady Chiefs are back on top of the standings tied for the lead with the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers with similar 4-0 cards.
Arellano coach Obet Javier said it was an issue of playing with consistency why they dropped the third set, which he said they have to correct.
“Actually, nag-relax ang mga player. Kaya nakakatakot. Hindi dapat ganoon ang isang team. Consistent kami dapat, and huwag mag-relax,” said Javier.
Regine Arocha, a graduating player, led the Lady Chiefs with 24 points, 11 digs and nine receptions, while reigning MVP Necole Ebuen contributed 10 points and 11 digs – her best game so far this season.
Jamille Carreon had 13 points, while Reyann Cañete added 12 markers for the Lady Stags, who are still winless in four matches.
Meanwhile, Christian dela Paz had 29 points and six digs to lead Arellano in a tough 25-23, 16-25, 25-27, 25-19, 16-14 win over San Sebastian to tie men’s titleholder Perpetual Help for the lead at 4-0.
On the other hand, Angelo Lagando came through with 13 points as the Braves needed only 62 minutes to repulse the Staglets 25-19, 25-13, 25-15 to join the Junior Altas on top with their fourth straight victory in as many games.