REGINE Arocha shone anew as Arellano University made short work of Mapua University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-12, for its second win in NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Arocha, once again, flaunted her efficiency in attacking as she nailed 17 kills out of 30 attempts for team-high 19 points to dispatch the debuting Lady Cardinals in just 72 minutes.
Besides the graduating spiker, Princess Bello and Carla Donato were also instrumental with seven points apiece as well as Necole Ebuen, Mikaela Juanich and setter Sarah Verutiao adding six markers each.
“Ang performance ng team, kumpara noong first game, medyo mas maganda ngayon kasi kumbaga naumpisahan namin ng tama,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.
“Lagi ko lang sinasabi sa mga bata na every game dapat ‘yung, kahit sa practice, i-treat niyo na pwedeng championship game or last na taon mo na sa paglalaro,” he added.
Despite the cancellation of last Monday’s game against Emilio Aguinaldo College due to Taal Volcano’s eruption, the Lady Chiefs kept their strong form with Javier having the luxury to rotate all his players.
Jonina Mae Fernandez was the lone bright spot for Mapua with 10 points as her squad absorbed a forgettable season debut.
Meanwhile, Arellano also gained the early lead in the men’s division as it edged a gritty Mapua side, 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23.
Kim Vincent Tan lifted the Chiefs to survive the tough challenge of the Cardinals as he unloaded 14 kills and three blocks for 17 points.
Christian Segovia helped Tan with 13 points, providing four of the team’s 14 kill blocks, while Christian Dela Paz added 12 markers as Arellano earned its second straight win.
San Sebastian leaned on the 24-point explosion of John Benedict San Andres and Alfredo Pangulong’s 19-point effort only to fall short of a comeback in its season debut.