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Arellano ends JRU’s cinderella run, cruises to second straight Finals

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Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Arellano ends JRU's cinderella run, cruises to second straight Finals AU NCAA News SBC Volleyball  Shola Alvarez Sarah Verutiao Regine Arocha Obet Javier NCAA Season 93 Women's Volleyball NCAA Season 93 Mia Teoseco JRU Women's Volleyball Faye Ramirez Dolly Versoza Arellano Women's Volleyball Andrez Marzan

Defending NCAA Women’s Volleyball champions Arellano University Lady Chiefs were a picture of consistency, overwhelming the underdog darlings Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17, to waltz in the NCAA Season 93 Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Chiefs get a chance to become the first back-to-back NCAA champions since the University Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas achieved the feat back in Seasons 87-89. They face the San Beda University Lady Red Spikers in Game One on Friday.

Arellano controlled the entire, leading from first whistle to last. The Lady Chiefs sealed the first set early after taking a 15-7 lead. JRU contested the following two sets heavily, but only got within two points of Arellano in both. The Lady Chiefs climbed ahead in the second frame, 23-17, then locked down the match with a 4-0 run late in the third set that gave them a 23-16 lead.

“Buong season, ito talaga ang pinaghirapan namin. Alam namin na kaya naming makabalik sa Finals, kailangan lang naming pagtrabahuhan at mag-focus,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

“Ngayon focus na kami sa championship. Hopefully, pumabor sa amin,” the champion mentor added.

Open hitter Regine Arocha topped the Lady Chiefs with 15 points off 12 attack, two aces, and a block. Middle blocker Andrea Marzan added nine points.

Season 93’s top scorer Shola Alvarez was shackled to just seven points in her final NCAA match. Rookie Dolly Versoza led JRU with 12 points.

The Scores

AU (3) – Arocha 15, Marzan 9, Ebuen 8, Esguerra 7, Prado 7, Verutiao 2, Donato 0, Ramirez 0, Torres 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

JRU (0) – Versoza 12, Alvarez 7, Rivera 3, Ebuenga 2, Montojo 1, Sibangan 1, Bautista 0, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (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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