ARELLANO University is hell-bent on establishing a dynastic rule in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament.
“Sinasabi ninyo nga na dynasty, pilit naming panghahawakan kasi minsan lang dumating sa isang team ‘yan eh,” said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier. “Hangga’t maaari hindi namin dapat pakawalan.”
Taking its fourth crown in five years after beating University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Arellano became the third winningest team in the league behind San Sebastian (23) and Letran (8).
The Lady Chiefs also surpassed the Lady Altas, who earned three titles from a three-peat feat it did from 2012-14.
“Continue pa rin kami, hindi porke’t nag-three-peat kami hihinto kami,” Javier said. “Patuloy kaming mag-aaral, magi-improve dapat para sa school sa susunod na taon.”
Despite losing key players led by Jovie Prado and the early season struggles by two-time Finals MVP Regine Arocha, Arellano went 8-0 before dropping its final elimination round game to San Beda.
The Lady Chiefs then avenged that defeat to the Lady Red Spikers in the Final Four to make another return trip to the Finals.
Arellano lost to never-say-die Perpetual Help in the opener before winning the next two, thanks to the solid performances of Arocha and season MVP Necole Ebuen.
Javier also dedicated the championship to late legendary volleyball mentor Nes Pamilar.
“Itong game na ito kung mapapansin natin one month ni Coach Nes ngayon eh,” said Javier after winning the Finals decider last Tuesday. “Itong game na ito inaalay ko talaga sa kanya.”
The multi-titled Pamilar passed away due to heart failure exactly a month ago. Javier worked as one of Pamilar’s most trusted deputies with his club teams Power Smashers and Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League.
Definitely, Pamilar will be happy up there for what Javier did for the Lady Chiefs.