Saint Benilde and Arellano Start the NCAA Season 97 Volleyball Championship Match

When the NCAA Season 97 women’s volleyball championship round begins on Wednesday, the undefeated College of Saint Benilde and three-time defending champion Arellano University also will seek to make legacy for their respective schools.

The game begins at 2 p.m. CSB will try to complete a rare season swipe and come out on top of its second title, while Arellano will aim to accomplish some unresolved issues, an elusive four-peat crown.

The Lady Blazers will hold over the momentum from their elimination round run, in which they moved all nine games en route to an outright Finals berth and a knockout stepladder semifinal.

However, CSB head coach Jerry Yee hopes that the lengthy break will not derail their title defense.

“Kung sino ‘yung manalo sa stepladder, ayun ‘yung pinaka-deserving. Hopefully, mapagod sila para hindi na kami mahirapan. So ‘wag lang kami ma-stale, ‘wag lang kaming maburo,” Yee stated.

“We have to practice parang game-like pa rin. Sila, patayan sila. Kung sino ‘yung lulusot, ‘yun ‘yung pagod na kalaban namin.”

Meanwhile, Arellano head coach Obet Javier knows his team’s path to a fourth consecutive championship will be difficult, especially since CSB is also eager to win.

Arellano hopes to defend his title after dominating Seasons 92, 94, and 94 under Javier’s mentorship.

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