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NCAA volleyball: Arellano off to strong start, blanks Lyceum in opener

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 04:38 PM January 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines—Arellano started off its four-peat bid with an emphatic victory over Lyceum, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20, in the opening match of the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.

With reigning MVP Necole Ebuen still recovering from surgery, the Lady Chiefs relied on Regine Arrocha and Carla Donato to provide the points.

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Two-time Finals MVP Arrocha led all scorers with 18 points going 18-of-36 on her spike attempts while Donato pitched in 12 points with seven of those coming off blocks.

Ebuen, who’s recovering from surgery on her ovaries, tallied three points.

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Arellano head coach Obet Javier said that even though they started off on the right track, his team isn’t at the level of winning a championship yet.

“Well we really don’t acknowledge the pressure of a four-peat possibility and we’re just doing what we can for the school, but the way we’re playing right now is not worthy of a four-peat,” said Javier in Filipino.

“But we’ll get to that level.”

The Lady Chiefs, who are looking for their fifth title in six years, raced to an early 8-2 lead in the final set in what eventually became their foundation to close out the Lady Pirates.

Arrocha put them up 22-12 with an off-the-block kill but Lyceum still had some fight left and got to as close as four, 24-20, but a service error from Alexandra Rafael sealed Arellano’s opening day win.

Rafael had 12 points to lead the Lady Pirates.

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