ONE would think that a big bounce back win will please coach Obet Javier of defending three-time champion Arellano University.
The Lady Chiefs recovered from a second-set meltdown and turned back the gritty Letran Lady Knights 25-14, 26-28, 25-19, 25-16 and seized solo second yesterday in the 95th NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
But Javier was not pleased with his squad’s inconsistencies.
“Nakakatakot ang performance ng team ko kasi pabago-bago. Dapat hindi ganoon ang takbo ng team. Ang nagiging problema ko ngayon is iyong setter (Sarah Verutiao), medyo nawawala siya sa linya kaya ang laki ng diperensiya,” said Javier.
“Kahit iyong libero ko (Faye Flores), off din. Ang dami niyang mis-received na bola. Ang sabi ko nga, hindi puwedeng ganoon ang performance. Nanalo kami pero hindi ganoon kasaya kasi ang dami pa ring lapses ng team,” he added.
Setter and skipper Sarah Verutiao only had four excellent sets, while libero Faye Flores could only come up with 13 digs and the same number of receptions.
Graduating outside spiker Regine Arocha had a match-best 19 points on 15 attacks and three service aces, while reigning MVP Necole Ebuen backed her up with 13 markers off 10 spikes.
Middle hitter Carla Donato also had four blocks in a 12-point performance as Arellano hiked its record to 6-1 and clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four slot.
Letran slipped to 3-3 for fifth.
After easily winning the opening set, Arellano dropped the second but got its bearings back in the third set.
The Legarda-based spikers will not be denied in the fourth frame as they zoomed to a 22-14 spread on a Trina Abay kill.
A Lea Tapang service error brought the Lady Chiefs to match-point before Donato sealed Arellano’s triumph with a block on Shereena Sarmenta’s attack.
Chamberlaine Cunada paced Letran with 16 points, while Julienne Castro had 10 hits.