Arellano shoots for Final Four berth
BY NIEL VICTOR C. MASOY
The Manila Times
DEFENDING champion Arellano University looks to make its eight straight Final Four appearance when it faces Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 97 women’s volleyball tournament at the Paco Arena today, July 5. Game time is 2:30 p.m. Riding on a four-game winning streak and sporting a 6-1 record, the four-peat seeking Lady Chiefs are out to make it five in a row and clinch a semis berth in the process. Led by Kristine Adante, Nicole Sasuman, Princess Robles, and Trina Abaya, the second-running Arellano executed a 25-12, 25-13, 25-23 sweep of the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta last Saturday. Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier wants his players to treat every game like a championship game and not take the Lady Generals lightly, especially with the latter winning their last game against Colegio de San Juan de Letran. “We can’t join them at the cellar so we need to win and we can’t underestimate them, especially that they are coming off a win. That’s a good break and motivation for them,” said Javier of the Lady Generals. “We will really prepare for them because knowing coach Rod, he’s not gonna easily give up.” EAC, which started the season with five straight losses, is also streaking with two straight wins capped by its 17-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-17 comefrom-behind triumph over the Letrán Lady Knights last Saturday. While the Lady Generals have gained some momentum, they will most likely end up being eliminated from Final Four contention. Still, EAC just wants to enjoy its potential in the last two games of the season. “We’re just going to enjoy it, we have nothing to lose,” said Lady Generals head coach Rod Palmero. Meanwhile, San Sebastian College-Recoletos aims to bounce back from its 11-25, 22-25, 14-25 horrid loss to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde last Friday. The Roger Gorayeb-coached Lady Stags (4-2) are also out to boost their Final Four chances at the expense of the San Beda University Lady Red Spikers (2-4), who are determined to keep their flickering semis chances alive. The Nemesio Gavino-coached San Beda squad is coming off its second straight win in the form of a 25-20, 14-25, 25-23, 25-23 victory over Mapua University last Friday. San Sebastian sits at the third spot in the standings while San Beda is in sixth place.