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Arellano Lady Chiefs keep the crown for 3 straight years in NCAA 94 women’s volleyball


Their long reign continues after the Arellano University Lady Chiefs’ victorious win against University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Lady Altas on the final series of the NCAA 94 women’s volleyball championship on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Center, San Juan.

The reigning queens of NCAA were able to finish the tournament by being the 4th team to win a 3-peat.

The Lady Chiefs were off to a good start but lost the opening set eventually. They had created more quick plays and hard-to-receive services making it difficult for Perpetual with the biggest lead 5-12. But somehow, Lady Altas managed to shift the momentum and tied the game 16-16. Perpetual’s Cindy Imbo took charge and made a run to bring her team to a set-point advantage. Jenny Gaviola finished the set off with a free ball 22-25.

Coming into the second set, an intense exchange of scores were produced by the two teams. Perpetual setter Chin-Chin Gual made impressive setting distributions for her team’s attackers. However, Arellano managed to defend Imbo at the net. Mikaela Juanich maximized her time in the front line and took Arellano to an 8-point lead 22-14. The Lady Altas were silenced by season MVP Necole Ebuen’s spike, closing the set at 25-15 to tie the scores.

Arellano’s Regine Arocha led her team 0-3 at the early start of the third set. The Lady Chiefs kept damaging Perpetual from the service line and the lead ballooned to 6. Imbo couldn’t find her groove inside the court, holding the Perpetual down. Nothing went right for the Lady Altas as they went down with 12 points. Perpetual’s Bianca Tripoli didn’t lose hope and made a mini-run 22-15. Yet, Bello gave Arellano the set point 24-18 and Imbo created an error that sealed AU’s win.

Sensing that the championship title is within their grasp, the Lady Chiefs came into the fourth set with complete control. Juanich made a quick attack to take Arellano 8-3. Gual and Imbo forced their team to tie the game 11-all and Umandal added Perpetual’s lead with 2 points. Bello and Arocha fought back to get 16-13 in the second technical time out. The wild Legarda-based fans’ cheers became a boosting moral for the Lady Chiefs that created an 8-point lead. In the end, Gaviola’s service error gave Arellano the championship point.

Regine Arocha is once again hailed as the Finals MVP and Obet Javier as coach of the year for the Lady Chiefs. (Janiel Abby Toralba)