Arellano downs Perpetual Help to complete first-round sweep in NCAA volley
Danna Henson and the Arellano University Lady Chiefs score their ninth win in nine matches. Jerome Ascano

ARELLANO University downed three-time defending champion Perpetual Help, 25-8, 20-25, 25-20, 25-13, on Wednesday to complete a nine-match sweep of the first round of the 90th NCAA volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan City.

Menchie Tubiera exploded with a match-best 23 points, including 21 on kills, while Danna Henson and Rialen Sante contributed 14 and 12, respectively, for the Lady Chiefs.

Arellano is gunning for its first ever women's volley crown after falling short a season ago, losing a heartbreaking five-setter in the decider of the best-of-three finals.

The Sammy Acaylar-mentored Lady Altas, who were led by Cindy Imbo's 10 hits, fell to their second straight defeat against seven wins but will still advance to the next phase.

Also booking second round spots were the San Sebastian Lady Stags (7-2) and the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers (6-2).

The top finishers after the single-round robin second round will battle in the title showdown next year.

In juniors' play, Lyceum whipped San Beda, 25-15, 25-11, 25-17, to stay unbeaten with a 6-0 card.

Sean Alexis Escallar spearheaded the Junior Pirates with 15 hits while Jomaru Amagan chipped in 13 for the Junior Pirates, who are eyeing their first ever juniors volley crown since joining the league three years ago.

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