Bello sparks Lady Chiefs win over tough Lady Bombers
In scoring its fourth win, three-time defending champion Arellano on Saturday leaned on a veteran who didn’t get to experience its dynasty.
Princess Belo, who debuted in the discontinued season two years ago, unloaded 23 points to power Arellano over Jose Rizal, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, in the NCAA Season 97 women’s volleyball tournament at Paco Arena in Manila.
It was a career-high output for the open spiker who led the Lady Chiefs to a 4-1 record and enabled them to close in on the unbeaten St. Benilde Lady Blazers.Charmina Diño and Trina Abay contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively for Arellano, which accumulated for 52 attack points against JRU’s 41.
Arellano coach Obet Javier gave credit to the way JRU played, which he described as “8 out of 10.”
“If we didn’t make the right adjustment, maybe we would still be playing until now,” said Javier.
“Their (Lady Bombers) middles were very good, we almost were never able to block any of them,” he added in Filipino.
Earlier, Lyceum squandered three match points in the third set before putting away Letran, 25-14, 25-22, 28-30, 25-12 for its third win in five matches.
After allowing the Lady Knights to steal the third frame, the Lady Pirates surged to 12-0 at the start of the fourth set anchored in successive aces by Venice Puzon.
Puzon finished with eight points, including six aces, in powering Lyceum’s service game that produced 10 aces against one by Letran.
But it was Lyceum’s 53 attacks points, compared to 31 by Letran, that allowed the Lady Pirates to dominate the match. Lyceum improved to 3-2, while pulling down Letran to 1-4.
Denise Dolorito and Zonxi Dahab each scored 18 points, while Jewel Maligmat and Janeth Tulang added 11 markers apiece for Lyceum. INQ
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