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Arellano gets revenge on Perpetual, grabs Game 2 of NCAA Finals

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The Arellano University Lady Chiefs have proven to everyone why they are the reigning champions when they foiled the attempts of the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Lady Altas from taking their crowns at the Game 2 of the NCAA season 94 women’s finals, Friday at the FilOil Flying V Center, San Juan.

Forcing a Game 3 for the finals series, the Lady Chiefs were consumed by a comeback mentality coming into the game. They have avenged their Game 1 performance and shown what the hearts of true champions are.

The Lady Chiefs had a slow start in the first set and committed errors, giving away points for the Lady Altas. Perpetual took the opening set with 23-25.

However, Arellano got themselves together and finally showed the experience they were known for in the second set. The Lady Chiefs dominated in spiking and blocking, resulting to a better set for the team. With a score of 25-9, Arellano tied a set with Perpetual. Nicole Ebuen demonstrated why she was hailed as the season’s MVP when she laid down attacks after attacks.

The Legarda-based fans cheered wildly for their alma mater as the Lady Chiefs rained firepower down on their opponents in the match. Displaying composure in the court and playing a better net and floor defense, Princess Bello led her team to take the third set 25-18.

Still, the Lady Altas didn’t want to go home empty-handed and took the fourth set mightily. The Lady Altas worked even harder on the court to extend the game to a decider set. Perpetual took the set 22-25.

The last crucial set set the whole arena tense as the two teams went full force. Even though Ebuen’s ankle got hurt by an awkward landing, she shrugged it off and finished the match 15-12. She scored 16 attacks, one block and one ace, forcing an extension for the finals series.

The two teams will go all out on February 12 for the do-or-die finals match in the same venue. (Janiel Abby Toralba)