ARELLANO University (AU) recovered from a second-set meltdown as it bested San Beda College, 25-11, 25-27, 25-7, 25-12. — NCAA/GMA-SYNERGY

Games Friday
(San Andres Complex)
9 a.m. — SSC-R vs LPU (M/W)
2 p.m. — Mapua vs Letran (W/M)

ARELLANO University (AU) recovered from a second-set meltdown as it bested San Beda College, 25-11, 25-27, 25-7, 25-12, yesterday to join University of Perpetual Help at the helm in the women’s division of the NCAA Season 98 Volleyball at the San Andres Complex.

After dominating the opening set, the Lady Chiefs lost concentration in the second set that allowed the Red Spikers to steal it and knot the match at one set apiece.

Good thing AU recovered its wits and blew away San Beda in the last two sets to claim its second win in a row.

San Beda sputtered to 0-2.

And the merry Obet Javier-mentored women from Legarda did it with a balanced attack spearheaded by Laika Tudlasan, who uncorked a match-best 15 points that included six booming aces.

Also taking turns were Pauline de Guzman, Marianne Padillion, Dodie Risa Joy Patindaan and Donnalyn Mae Paralejas, who scattered 14, 13, 11 and nine hits, respectively.

Arellano University also did it with its almost impenetrable net defense as it scored on 15 kill blocks including five by Ms. De Guzman and four by Ms. Batindaan while capitalizing on its serves in scoring a whopping 19 aces.

Earlier in the men’s section, AU edged San Beda, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 23-25, 16-14, to likewise nail its second straight win. — Joey Villar