Arellano looks to sustain momentum from stunning win vs San Sebastian in NCAA Finals
Jovielyn Prado and the Lady Chiefs easily defeated the erstwhile unbeaten Lady Stags in the NCAA Finals opener. Jerome Ascano

ARELLANO University seeks to ride the crest of its emphatic Game One victory while San Sebastian hopes to bounce back from its lethargic performance as the two collide on Friday in the NCAA Season 92 women's volleyball finals at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.

Relying on their rock-solid blocking and superb court coverage, the Lady Chiefs overpowered the erstwhile unbeaten Lady Stags, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, on Tuesday to reduce the series to a two-to-win showdown.

Game time is at 3:30 p.m.

"Our game plan is the same except we need to adjust to whatever adjustment they will make," said Arellano coach Obet Javier in Filipino.

Arellano limited reigning back-to-back MVP Grethcel Soltones to just 15 hits while shackling the rest of San Sebastian's spikers.

San Sebastian mentor Roger Gorayeb, whose wards swept the elimination round to advance straight to the finals along with the thrice-to-beat edge that goes with it, was disappointed but said it is not yet too late to bounce back.

"We have to have the mindset to win the championship if we want to win one. We can't win a championship if we play like the way we played in Game One," said Gorayeb.

In juniors' play, Perpetual Help aims to sustain the momentum of its 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 triumph Tuesday as it tangles with elims sweeper Lyceum of the Philippines University at 12 noon.

Thanks to the series-opening win, the Junior Altas have evened things up as they negated the Junior Pirates' thrice-to-beat advantage.

Games Three is on Tuesday while a deciding Game Four, if necessary, is on Feb. 16.

Games on Friday

(Filoil Flying V Center)

12 p.m.- Perpetual Help vs LPU (jrs)

3:30 p.m.- Arellano U vs San Sebastian (women's) 

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