ARELLANO University secured at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth after a 25-19, 25-17, 25-16, victory over College of St. Benilde on Thursday in the Shakey's V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Danna Henson had 13 points as the Lady Chiefs notched their third win in as many matches.
The usually reliable Menchie Tubiera managed to score just four points, but Jovielyn Prado came off the bench to score 12 and help Arellano remain unbeaten on top of Group A.
“Maganda na rin na nawalan ng laro si Tubiera kaya napakita ni Prado ang galing niya,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier.
It was a huge follow-up win for Arellano, the NCAA runner-up, after a huge 21-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20, 15-13, over UAAP champion Ateneo on Sunday.
Javier said he has warned his team against complacency.
“Hindi ko expected na 3-0 ang start namin lalo pa na malakas ang mga ka-bracket namin," said Javier.
"Hindi ko nga sukat akalain na mananalo kami sa Ateneo, pero kahit na ganoon hindi kami pwedeng maging kampante."
Therese Veronas and Jeanette Panaga came up with nine points each for the Lady Blazers, who are now tied for third with the Lady Eagles with an even record of 1-1.