UNBEATEN Arellano smashed a listless St. Louis University of Baguio, 25-13, 25-9, 25-13, to clinch the first quarterfinal berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena on Tuesday.
Christine Joy Rosario came through with a solid, all-around effort as she finished with a match-high 15 hits, including 11 kills and four from blocks, while Dana Henson backed her up with 10 hits to anchor the Lady Chiefs’ fourth straight victory in the season-opening conference.
"Our reception and blocking did it for us," said Arellano U coach Obet Javier, who steered the Legarda-based squad to a runner-up finish in the recent NCAA women’s volleyball wars.
Spearheaded by the scrappy Rosario, Arellano U completely shut the door on St. Louis’ attackers, who were able to punch in just 16 kills out of 91 attempts, way below the former's whopping 39 connections out of 92 tries.
The Lady Chiefs had 27 excellent digs as against their rivals’ nine while Angelica Legacion set up the attack for Arellano with 16 of the team’s excellent sets compared to SLU’s Elaine Daniel’s measly three.
Mary Jane Ticar and Elaine Sagun also combined for five aces as the Lady Chiefs dominated all departments to prime themselves up for their sweep bid against the Adamson Lady Falcons tomorrow in the elims of the event backed by Mikasa, Accel and Lion Tiger Mosquito Coil.
The 62-minute demolition came after Arellano disposed of St. Benilde in 64 minutes last Thursday but Javier doesn’t mind going the distance, like when they shocked the reigning UAAP champion Ateneo Lady Eagles in five last March 30.
"It doesn't matter how long or how quick we won, the most important thing is we keep on winning," he said.
St. Louis, which was paced by Roxanne Almonte's eight hits, fell to its third straight defeat to stay at the bottom of Group A.
Meanwhile, the Arellano-SLU match will be shown today starting at 1 p.m. on GMA News TV Channel, according to the organizing Sports Vision.