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Arellano, Perpetual Help battle for NCAA volleyball title

Arellano University Lady Chiefs spiker Menchie Tubiera tries to swat the ball past a double-block at the net set up by University of Perpetual Help's Collen Bravo and Zarina Berba. Arellano and Perpetual Help battle for the NCAA Women's Volleyball crown 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6 at The Arena in San Juan.
Arellano University Lady Chiefs spiker Menchie Tubiera tries to swat the ball past a double-block at the net set up by University of Perpetual Help’s Collen Bravo and Zarina Berba. Arellano and Perpetual Help battle for the NCAA Women’s Volleyball crown 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6 at The Arena in San Juan.

Who wants it more?

The Arellano University Lady Chiefs want their first-ever volleyball title in the league while University of Perpetual Help will be gunning for a three-peat when the two squads clash for the championship of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 6 at The Arena in San Juan.

Both teams have similar styles, riding the coattails of their dominant outside spiker to deliver the points. Christine Joy Rosario scored a team-best 13 attack points to lead the Lady Chiefs to a straight-set demolition of Perpetual Help, 25-21, 25-22, 25-6, in Game Two Monday, February 3.

Arellano’s Menchie Tubiera (12 points) and Danna Henson (9 points) teamed up with Rosario to dominate at the net as Arellano outscored Perpetual Help 37-26 on attack points to post the lopsided Game Two victory.

The Lady Chiefs contained UPHR’s first option on offense, the effervescent Honey Royse Tubino. Excellent defense at the net and tenacious floor coverage allowed Tubino only seven attack points. Last season’s Most Valuable Player Norie Jane Diaz tried to pick up the slack and tallied nine spike points for Perpetual Help.

Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar will have to hope that Tubino steps up or his dream of a double victory in NCAA volleyball (the UPHR men’s team won its fourth consecutive NCAA men’s volleyball title Tuesday, February 4) will vanish into thin air.

Perpetual Help won Game One when Tubino, arguably the most potent offensive force in women’s collegiate volleyball, scored 27 points to lead her team to a difficult five-set Game One victory.

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