Reigning Most Valuable Player Regine Arocha flexed her muscles, powering Arellano Univeristy to an emphatic 25-19, 25-16, 25-17 win over Jose Rizal University in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The hard-hitting Arocha provided the firepower as the Lady Chiefs dictated the tempo from start to finish to capture their third straight win in the country’s oldest collegiate tourney.
She finished with 12 points laced with 15 digs while Carla Donato chipped in 10 points and Princess Belo registered eight markers for the Lady Chiefs, who are hunting their fourth straight title.
“I was looking for more after the first set where they got a little confused inside the court,” Arellano coach Obet Javier said.
“But the players seemed to find the right adjustments in the following set that made us win this game.”
Displaying a brew of leadership and firepower, Arocha and Donato powered the three-time champion to a merciless 25-19 win in the first set to dictate the tempo early on.
Then, it was all Arellano from there as it notched a 25-16 win in the second set, giving Javier the luxury of fielding his bench players for maximum exposure in the final set.
Up by two, 13-11, the Lady Chiefs unleashed a 7-2 run capped by a three-straight attack by seldom-used Nicole Sasuman, 20-13, to seal the victory.
Verzosa, the hero in their previous win over San Sebastian College, was suffocated by the tough Arellano defense as she finished with only eight points while Renesa Melgar and Mary May Ruiz added five markers apiece for the Lady Bombers, who suffered their second loss in three matches.