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Arellano rallies, outlasts Perpetual in 5-set thriller

MANILA, Philippines – Arellano University displayed the heart of a champion as it recovered from a two-set deficit to stun University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, in the NCAA Season 93 women's volleyball tournament on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions extended their winning streak to 18 games dating back to last season. They now have a 6-0 record in Season 93, and are assured of at least a playoff for a spot in the Final 4.

Arellano star Jovielyn Prado fires an attack against Perpetual Help. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
Jovielyn Prado, who was limited to three points in their previous game, broke loose for 20 points on 16 attacks and four kill blocks. Andrea Marzan added 16 points, and Regine Arocha scored 14 including the ace in the fourth set that sent the match to a decider.

Arellano is back at the No. 1 spot and is three wins away from a sweep of the elimination round. Only three teams – San Beda College (5-0), De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (3-2), and San Sebastian College (3-2) – stand in their way.

"Of course, we want that because it will give us the advantage," Arellano coach Obet Javier said of a possible sweep. "But we need to work hard for it, because we're playing three tough teams."

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