Three-time defending champion Arellano University absorbed its first set loss in NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition.
After getting a mouthful from head coach Obet Javier during the break, the Lady Chiefs responded with a dominating outing in the fourth frame to carve out a 25-17, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13, win Saturday to move up to a share of the lead at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Arellano U collected its fourth straight win to remain unscathed and joined College of St. Benilde on top of the standing.
Still, Javier wasn’t all too happy with their win.
The Lady Chiefs were just two points away from wrapping up the match 23-19, but a costly service error from setter Sarah Verutiao opened a golden opportunity for the Lady Stags to capitalize to steal the frame.
“Kumbaga nag-sub ako ng dalawa para advantage sana sa amin para maging tatlo ang spiker ko. Ang problema ‘yung kapitan ko ay nag-error naman,” said Javier. “’Yun ang laging sinasabi ko na ang service na ‘yan kahit na service lang ‘yan ay napakahalaga ng bola na ‘yun. Pwede ka kasi manalo, pwede ka matalo so yung third set dahil nag-error ang kapitan ko, ang setter ko, kami ang natalo.”
Javier then put the Lady Chiefs back to their senses during the lull and Arellano U responded with an early breakout to take the win.
Regine Arocha once again was instrumental in the Lady Chiefs’ latest conquest, their sixth win overall since last year’s come-from-behind Finals series victory, tallying a personal-best 24 points she claimed off 19 attacks, four aces and a kill block.
The reigning back-to-back Finals MVP added 11 digs and nine excellent sets to further boost her stock in the race for the season’s highest individual award.
Season 95 MVP Necole Ebuen finished with 10 points, Princess Bello had nine markers while Mikaela Juanich and Carla Donato combined for 16 points for the Lady Chiefs, who won their sixth head-to-head game against SSC-R since Season 92.
The Lady Stags dropped their fourth straight game in as many games.
Jamille Carreon got 13 points while Reyann Canete posted 12 markers in a lost cause for SSC-R.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs took a share of the lead after outlasting the Stags, 25-23, 16-25, 25-27, 25-19, 16-14, in men’s play.
Arellano U kept its unbeaten card intact with its fourth win tied with grand slam-seeking University of Perpetual Help.
Christian Dela Paz exploded for 29 points while Jesrael Liberato and Demy Lapuz had 16 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Chiefs.
The Stags suffered its third loss in four games despite the 25-point effort of Reynald Honra and Julius Lana’s 20 markers.
In juniors play, the unbeaten Braves tied six-peat-seeking Perpetual with their fourth win at the expense of the Staglets, 25-19, 25-13, 25-15.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.