ARELLANO University survived University of Perpetual Help's late fightback, 25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 26-24, as it cruised to the quarterfinals of the 10th Shakey's V-League First Conference at the Arena in San Juan on Tuesday.
Guest players Mary Jean Balse and Nene Bautista delivered the goods as they finished with 19 points apiece, while Elaine Sagun and Shirly Salamagos added 13 and 10, respectively, for the Lady Chiefs.
Arellano improved to 2-1 (win-loss) to join Group B leader National University (2-0) in the quarterfinals.
"Malaking bagay yung dalawa kong guest players," said Arellano coach Roberto Javier. "Gina-guide nila yung (regular) players, nagbibigay sila ng magandang input sa kanila.
"Iba din kasi pag babae ang nagsasalita kaya binibigyan ko sila ng karapatan na magsabi (sa team) ng mga nalalaman nila, mag-share sila ng knowledge nila."
Down by two sets, NCAA back-to-back champion Perpetual forced a fifth set behind the power attack of Joy Cases while Honey Tubino's back-to-back attacks kept the Lady Altas within 22-24 in the decider.
But Balse's power hit gave the Lady Chiefs match point, 25-24, before a Tubino error ended the match.
"Lagi ko lang sinasabi sa kanila na kung gusto nila manalo, kayo mismo ang mag-effort di 'yung dahil lang sa error ng kalaban," said Javier.
"Ang game kasi nasa isip at puso. Kung sino ang may mas malaking puso siya ang mananalo."
Guest player Joy Cases finished with 14 points and April Anne Sartin and Tubino had 12 markers each for Perpetual.