Sports Updates

Arellano U completes NCAA Cheerleading repeat crown

Posted: March 17, 2018

By Mark Escarlote


BACK-TO-BACK -- Arellano University reigned supreme once again in the NCAA Cheerleading Competition.


Defending champion Arellano University executed its patented thrilling stunts and had a near-flawless routine to wow the judges as the Chiefs Squad completed a back-to-back in the 93rd NCAA Cheerleading Competition Friday at the close of another successful year for the oldest collegiate league in the country at the Big Dome.   

The Chiefs Squad earned a total of 234 points to lord over the nine-team competition in the Legarda-based squad’s third championship in four years after its breakthrough crown in 2014.

Arellano U bested nine-time champion University of Perpetual Help Perps Squad, which received a total of 226 points to finish behind the Chiefs Squad.

AU coach Lucky San Juan said that they’ve completed and practiced their since last year as a testament of their serious bid to keep the title in their Legarda campus.

“Actually, last year pa namin natapos ‘tong routine namin eh,” said San Juan, who wards bagged the top purse of P100,000. “Actually, mas mahirap ang back-to-back for me kasi kami magde-defend kami ng title, ‘yun ang pressure namin.”

The Perps Squad received a P75,000 cash prize.

San Beda University made its presence felt as it landed a podium spot for the first time since the competition started in 2004. The SBU Red Corps had 193.5 points to pocket the bronze medal and P50,000.

Mapua University finished fourth with 193, followed by Jose Rizal University, which took the 2008 title, (190), Emilio Aguinaldo College (175.5), Letran (170.5), College of St. Benilde (166) and Lyceum of the Philippines University (152).

During their performance, graduating CSB cheerleader Jasmin Yu sustained a left knee injury after a bad fall. She managed to finish the routine before being carried out of the mat and was rushed to Makati Medical Center for medical checkup.  

San Sebastian College skipped the tournament for the fourth straight season but stepped on the mat for a special performance after the competition.     

Meanwhile, San Beda pocketed the general championship trophy in both the senior and juniors division during the closing ceremony while Perpetual formally accepted the hosting duties for Season 94 from SSC-R. 



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AURegine Arocha named NCAA Season 93 Women’s Volleyball Finals MVP

Posted: February 20, 2018

By Migs Flores 


NCAA Season 93 Women’s Volleyball Best Opposite Hitter Regine Arocha capped her season with a splendid showing in the Finals. For this, she was crowned the the Finals Most Valuable Player.

Arocha poured in 15 points to go with 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions in the Arellano Lady Chiefs’ title-clinching match against the San Beda Lady Red Spikers, Monday evening. This came after a 14-point outing in Game One for the third-year spiker.

Arocha was Arellano’s best scorer throughout Season 93, averaging 14 points per outing and leading her squad to a 10-1 record.

According to Arocha, she and the Lady Chiefs smelled blood in the third set of Game Two, feeling that they had the win in hand.


“Nakita po namin sa first five points pa lang na hirap na po talaga ‘yung kalaban namin so nag-take advantage na kami,” said the Angono, Rizal-native.

What ensued was a storm of Arellano attacks, spearheaded by Arocha’s all-around play.

“Hindi pa nga po ako nagsi-sink in sa akin na Finals MVP ako,” said an elated Arocha.

“Sobrang saya ko na po kasi na nag-champion kami.”

Arellano head coach Obet Javier was elated to see his ward reach such lofty heights. Season 92 was Arocha’s breakthrough year, transforming from just a service specialist to the team’s best scorer.

“Ngayon siguro nakita niya kung bakit ko sila sinisigawan at dinidiin sa practice. Nakita na nila ‘yung bunga at kung gaano kasarap mag-champion,” Javier closed.