Arellano U pounced on an undermanned National U side but needed to toughen up in the end to hack out a 25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, victory and bolster its quarterfinal drive in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12-Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday.
Guest player Carmina Aganon knocked in a power tip off a scramble play to wrap up the one-hour, 44-minute encounter, seal the victory for the Lady Chiefs and help frustrate her former team’s comeback bid in a match aired live on GMA News TV Channel 11.
Dindin Santiago-Manabat, now a guest player for NU, and Myla Pablo are with the Philippine team in the VTV Invitational in Vietnam, hampering the Lady Bulldogs’ offensive game that has anchored the team’s romp against University of the Philippines and University of Batangas in the early going of the mid-season offering of the league where it all started.
The win tied Arellano with its victim at 2-1 behind unbeaten Far Eastern U, which was playing with the winless Polytechnic University of the Philippines at presstime.
“We expected to win since NU was without two of its key players. But we really had to dish out our best to beat them,” said Menchie Tubierra, who took the game’s top honors with her superb all-around game highlighted by her 13-hit effort.
With Jaja Santiago on the firing end, NU produced more attacks, 45-43, but the Lady Chiefs put one over the Lady Bulldogs in blocks, scoring six as against their rivals’ five with Shirley Salamagos coming through with four, besting Jaja Santiago by one.
Aganon finished with 11 kills, Danna Henson scored three aces en route to a 10-hit production while Salamagos ended up with nine for the Lady Chiefs, who atoned for their earlier four-set setback to the Lady Tams in the league presented by PLDT Home Ultera and backed by Mikasa and Accel.
Santiago came away with a game-high 20 hits but missed a couple of attacks in the fourth at the height of the Lady Bulldogs’ late bid to send the match into a deciding set.
Aika Urdas scored 14 hits while skipper Jorelle Singh added 11 markers for the Lady Bulldogs, who were outplayed by the Legarda-based squad in the first two sets but rallied from big deficits in the third to force a fourth frame.
Meanwhile, the FEU-PUP match will be shown tomorrow (Monday) starting at 1 p.m. while the TIP-SSC game, also being played at presstime, will be aired on Tuesday, according to the organizing Sports Vision.