Arellano welcomes long break


    THE long break in the 95th NCAA women’s volleyball tournament should make defending three-time champion Arellano University sharper and even more dangerous in its title bid.

    Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier welcomed the respite, insisting that his charges still need some fine-tuning.

    “Para sa amin, mas napaganda pa (with the league suspending matches),” Javier told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday. “May time pa kami para ayusin iyong mga dapat ayusin para sa team namin.”

    As a preventive measure due to the threat posed by the deadly coronavirus, the league suspended play in the men’s and women’s divisions last Feb. 14. Action is set to resume on March 16.

    Arellano, which is sporting a 7-1 card, was supposed to tackle unbeaten College of St. Benilde last Feb. 17 but the match was called off.

    That’s just fine with Javier.

    “Everything has a reason kung bakit na adjust iyong date ng resumption,” said Javier. “Pero sa amin, we take it as a positive thing.”

    The Lady Chiefs last saw action on Feb. 13 when they blasted the also-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals 25-15, 25-14, 25-20.

    “We are doing great right now,” offered Javier. “We practice hard every day to meet our goal this season.”

    Javier said Arellano intends to improve on the psychological aspect of their game.

    The Lady Chiefs, who are bidding to annex their fifth crown in the last six years, are also determined to give graduating outside spiker Regine Arocha and middle blocker Mikaela Juanich a fitting ending in their swan song.

    The 5-foot-7 Arocha won the finals MVP plum in the last two seasons. She has found support from the likes of reigning MVP Necole Ebuen, outside hitter Princess Bello, and middle blocker Carla Donato.

    “More on psychological skills ang need naming i-improve,” Javier said. “Aside kay (Regine) Arocha, si (Mikaela) Juanich ang isa pang graduating player namin.”