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Lady Chiefs equalize series, stop Lady Stags in Game One

Déjà vu for the Lady Stags

Just like they had a year ago, the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags stumbled to start the NCAA Season 92 Finals, falling to the Arellano University Lady Chiefs, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Chiefs dominated the Lady Stags on all fronts — serving hard to dislodge San Sebastian’s offense. Each set saw the Lady Stags trip into double-digit gaps, sue for a late comeback, then get stopped by their own errors.

Three Lady Chiefs scored in double-digits with Final Four heroine Regine Arocha dishing out 14 points, and middle blockers Andrea Marzan and Mary Anne Esguerra each providing 10 markers.

“Lumabas practice namin kahapon, nag-concentrate kami sa blocking,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier. “Ilaro nila dapat nila ilaro, wag isipin 3-0, na dapat three times talunin. One game at a time lang kami dapat.”

The Lady Chiefs turned the series into a virtual best-of-three with Game Two on Friday at 4 pm. The Lady Chiefs are aiming for their second title in three years. Their first came at the expense of the Lady Stags.

“Ano pa rin eh, best-of-three ito. Hindi natin masabi pero pipilitin namin na manalo uli,” Javier said.

Reigning two-time MVP Grethcel Soltones provided 15 points on 15-for-45 attacking. She was the only Lady Stag who broke double-digits.

The Scores

AU (3) – Arocha 14, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 6, Sante 5, Flores 0, Ramirez 0, Sanchez 0, Ibisa (L), Galang (L)

SSC-R (0) – Soltones 15, Dalisay 7, Encarnacion 3, Sta. Rita 3, Villegas 3, Santos 2, Guillema 1, Lim 0, Oliveros 0, Eroa (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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