College of St. Benilde picked up from where it left off last year as the Lady Blazers extended their winning streak to five straight after taking down Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-20, 18-25, 25-14, 25-18, Friday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Prized rookie setter Jewel Lai displayed another superb game, tallying 35 excellent sets to lead the charge in the Lady Blazers’ fifth win in six outings.
Klarisa Abriam and Rachel Austero posted 14 points each and accounted for 23 of CSB’s 47 attack points. Marites Pablo got 12 markers while Lai backed her great playmaking with four points including two kill blocks for the Lady Blazers.
But head coach Jerry Yee was far from satisfied especially with his wards' shaky performance in the first two frames.
“Mukha kaming kangkarot sa first two sets, actually. More consistency pa,” said Yee, whose squad’s last three games are against dangerous Jose Rizal University, San Sebastian College and Mapua University. “Trabaho pa rin and then we have our targets up ahead.”
After yielding the second set, the Lady Blazers were able get their acts together in the next two frames behind the trio of Abriam, Austero and Pablo.
Mikaela Rafael and Cherilyn Sindayen scored 16 and 13 points each in a lost cause for the Lady Pirates, who fell to 2-5 slate and were shown the exit door in the semis race.
Meanwhile, the Blazers defeated the Pirates, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, to improve to 5-1 slate in a tie at second to third spot with idle Arellano University in the men’s division.
Joshua De Sequera and skipper Francis Basilan finished with 10 points each for CSB, which handed LPU its fifth loss in seven starts.
In juniors’ play, the Junior Pirates prevented an LPU shutout as they survived a marathon 27-25, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 17-15, battle over the Greenies.
LPU improved to 5-2 slate while CSB-LSGH slid to 2-4 mark.
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