MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion Arellano University bucked a shock loss in the second set to take care of business against Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA Season 95 women's volleyball tournament, Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
It took the Lady Chiefs an hour and 40 minutes to complete a 25-14, 26-28, 25-19, 25-16 triumph that put them closer towards securing a spot in the Final 4.
The Lady Knights were ahead, 24-19, before Arellano scored five straight points to force a deuce. Letran, however, held its composure to level the match.
The Lady Chiefs regained their form in the next set, and cruised to its sixth win in seven games. The defending champions currently sit in second place.
"Nanalo ka pero hindi gaanong kasaya kasi ang dami pa ring lapses 'yung team," said coach Obet Javier on the Lady Chiefs' consistency in the game.
Regine Arocha produced 19 points, including 3 service aces, while reigning MVP Necole Ebuen had 13 points. Carla Donato scored 4 of her 12 points off kill blocks.
The Lady Chiefs had 48 attacks to 38 for Letran, and benefited from the Lady Knights' 38 unforced errors.
Chamberlaine Cuñada tallied 16 points and Julienne Castro contributed 10 points and 10 digs for the Lady Knights.
Letran dropped to 3-3, trailing San Beda University (4-2) by a game in the race for the last semifinals berth.
In men's play, Jesrael Liberato had 17 points, including three blocks, as Arellano made short work of Letran, 25-22, 25-12, 25-17, for a 5-2 card.
Arellano extended its perfect juniors run to seven following a 25-12, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 conquest of Letran.
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