NCAA champion Arellano University and runner-up University of Perpetual Help started their PVL Collegiate Conference campaigns with big wins on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan.
Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen scored 10 points apiece as the Lady Chiefs blasted Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-7, 25-13.
Arocha, the NCAA Finals MVP, combined with Season MVP Ebuen for 17 of the Lady Chiefs’ 39 attacks, while the Lady Engineers came up with 14 kills.
Sarah Verutiao had 11 excellent sets and fired four aces, delivering six points.
“Sinabi ko lang naman sa team ko na everytime magkakaroon ka ng opportunity na maglaro lalo na sa venue na to, dapat yan, i-grab mo kasi maraming gusto maglaro dito e,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier. “Lagi kong nire-remind na mas gandahan pa lalo yung performance para yung confidence ng team ko, umangat pa.”
Arellano joined University of Santo Tomas and College of Saint Benilde on top of Pool B.
Perpetual Help defeated San Sebastian College, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17.
Charina Scott showed the way with 13 points, while Jhona Rosal contributed 11 markers.
“Yung third set medyo nagrelax, naging complacent na doon sa ginagawa nila. Akala nila panalo na agad,” said Lady Altas coach Macky Carino. “Buti na lang pagdating ng fourth set nag-iba na talaga gusto na talaga manalo.”
Perpetual Help shares the early lead in Pool A with UAAP teams Ateneo and Adamson.
Bianca Ordona scored 14 and Reyann Canete added 11 for San Sebastian, which committed 46 errors.