ARELLANO University became the first team to clinch a Final Four berth in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball tournament as it beat Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-11, 25-8, on Monday at the Arena in San Juan City.
Regine Arocha came up with a solid performance after a poor start to the season, scoring 14 points off nine kills, four service aces and a block and making 11 digs.
The Lady Chiefs dispatched the Lady Generals in just 63 minutes for their seventh straight win, two games away from a sweep of the elimination round and an outright finals berth.
Necole Ebuen had nine points and Princess Bello chipped in seven.
"Ni-remind ko lang yung mga bata kung ano yung target namin para sa game na ito. Siyempre, gusto naming itaas yung morale namin lalo," said Arellano head coach Obet Javier. “Sinabi ko lang sa mga players na kailangang sumunod lang tayo sa pattern natin kasi mas madali tayong mananalo at makakakuha ng bola kung nakasunod tayo sa kung anong dapat nating gawin.”
The Lady Chiefs next take on University of Perpetual Help (3-2) on Thursday and last season’s runner-up San Beda (6-1) on Tuesday next week.
“Siyempre, gusto naming makasiguro na, yun sa finals nga. Pipilitin naming manalo sa dalawang games na natitira,” Javier said. “Kailangang sa game namin sa Perpetual, manalo kami, at lalong-lalo na yung sa San Beda. Pipilitin namin yung sweep na makamit.”
The Lady Generals fell to their eighth straight loss with nobody scoring in double figures as Jaylene Lumbo was the top scorer with nine points.
EAC will try to end the season with a win against Lyceum of the Philippines University (2-5) on Friday.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four spot after surviving the Generals, 25-13, 25-18, 27-29, 16-25, 16-14, taking the solo second spot with an improved 6-1 card in the men’s division.
Christian Dela Paz led the way Arellano with 16 points while Kim Vincent Tan and Jesrael Liberato delivered 14 and 13 hits, respectively.
Joshua Mina scored and Joshua Ramiloc had 22 points for the Generals, who slid to 5-3.
In the juniors division, the Braves (4-3) fell to the Brigadiers (3-5), 14-25, 20-25, 19-25.