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    Arellano serves up shock with huge win over EAC

    Feb 1, 2013

    ARELLANO bucked an early deficit and then leaned on the solid setting of Mary Jane Ticar to stun top-seeded Emilio Aguinaldo College, 14-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-16, on Friday and jumpstart its semifinal campaign in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    After giving up the first set, the fourth-seeded Lady Chiefs quickly turned the game around in the next canto where they started with a 16-to-7 salvo, capped by a block from Menchie Tubiera, to win their first game in the single-round Final Four.

    While Tubiera finished on top of the scoring column by firing a game-high 12 markers, including 10 kills, and one service ace and block apiece, it was setter Ticar who shone brightest for the Legarda-based spikers as she facilitated her team’s offense with aplomb in the final two sets.

    “Masyado kaming nag-relax, naging kumpiyansa kami, (pero) inisip namin kaya namin to, kaya namin sila talunin, at dapat magtiwala lang kami sa sarili namin,” Ticar said in a television interview.

    The Lady Chiefs, who also drew 11 and 10 points, respectively, from Angelica Legacion and Danna Henson, will be tested anew when they face another powerhouse in second-seed University of Perpetual Help next. The Lady Altas likewise began their semifinal campaign on a bright note following their 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 26-24 win over San Sebastian in the nightcap.

    Arianna Angustia and Arnie Yumul scored 11 points apiece in a losing effort for the Lady Generals, who entered the semifinal round carrying an 8-1 win-loss card.  

    EAC had the opposite result in the men’s division as the third-seeded Generals toppled their high-ranked opponents in San Beda with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 win.

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    Meanwhile, the two-time defending men's champion Perpetual Altas extended their winning streak to 23 games dating back to last season after cruising past Lyceum, 25-13, 25-12, 25-17, in their Final Four matchup.

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