CSB rebounds from loss in close escape over San Beda
Mark Escarlote on Dec 14, 2015 03:29 PM
The College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers showed a lot of character and heart to climb out of a two-set hole and escape with a thrilling decider against San Beda.
Coming off a tough loss against Perpetual Help, College of St. Benilde flirted with another disaster against the dangerous San Beda Red Lionesses Monday.
But the well-experienced Blaze Spikers kept their composure down the stretch to escape from the claws of the Lionesses with a gripping, come-from-behind 24-26, 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 15-10 victory in the 91st NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
CSB had a bad outing in the first two sets but still found a way to regroup and turn the tide around to collect its fourth win in five games to tie the defending champion Arellano University in second to third spot behind league-leading and still unbeaten San Sebastian Lady Stags (5-0).
"The girls showed character," said St. Benilde coach Michael Carino, whose wards received a heartbreaking 25-14, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 14-16 setback against Perpetual Help last Friday.
It was veteran Jeanette Panaga who led the Lady Blazers' comeback with an all-around game for 21 points built on 12 on kills, six block kills and three service aces. Janine Navarro and Ranya Musa backed her up by scattering 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Nieza Viray finished with 16 points, all coming off attacks while Iris Domingo had 12 markers for San Beda, which is on a two-game skid for a 1-4 slate.
Meanwhile, Season 89 champion Perpetual Help entered a three-way logjam in fourth to fifth spot at 3-2 card after the Lady Altas defused the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-18, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, behind Coleen Bravo’s 22-point outing.
The Lady Altas are tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University and Emilio Aguinaldo College. The Lady Bombers slid to 2-3 card.
In men's play, the Blazers downed the Lions, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, to likewise boost their stock to 4-1 to replace San Beda in solo third place.
The Red Lions dropped to 3-2.
San Beda prevented a humiliating sweep as its high school team routed CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 25-15, 25-14, 25-23, in the juniors division.
The Red Cubs notched their first win in four games while the Junior Blazers absorbed their fourth defeat in as many outings.
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