JOHNVIC de Guzman and the St. Benilde Blazers look to complete a sweep of the title series, while MVP race leader Howard Mojica tries to carry the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and force a decider when they clash on Friday in the NCAA volleyball finals at The Arena in San Juan.
De Guzman and Mojica wound up with 26 points but the former got more support, with Marjun Alingasa, Ron Julian Jordan and Racmade Etrone combining for 36 points in a four-set win in the opener of the best-of-three series.
“If we keep showing heart like in Game One, we'll have a chance,” said St. Benilde coach Arnold Laniog.
The match starts at 2 p.m. after the juniors and women’s matches.
Arellano also looks to finish the series early and claim its first ever women's volleyball crown since joining the league five years ago as it clashes anew with San Sebastian.
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Power-hitting Danna Henson will be the player to watch after leading the Lady Chiefs with 18 points, 15 on kills and the other three on aces.
The match starts at 12 p.m.
Henson got the needed boost from teammates CJ Rosario, Menchie Tubiera and Rialen Sante, who scattered 15, 13 and 11, respectively.
"The team is excited and eager for Game Two," said Arellano coach Obet Javier, whose charges lost in last year’s finals to Perpetual Help.
Perpetual Help whipped Lyceum in the first match of the juniors finals series and will try to come up with a sweep in the 9 a.m. match.
"We're going for it in Game Two," said Perpetual Help coach Sandy Rieta.