CSB shocks SSC-R, turns Finals series to virtual best-of-three
Mark Escarlote on Jan 19, 2016 08:01 PM
College of St. Benilde surprised the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in their 91st NCAA women's volleyball Finals series.
College of St. Benilde exploited its height advantage to surprise the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags, 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13, Tuesday to turn the 91st NCAA women’s volleyball championship to a virtual best-of-three series at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Blazers took the fight out of the Lady Stags by putting a solid defensive wall in front of the net with 5-foot-10 Janine Navarro, 5-foot-11 Jeanette Panaga and 6-footer Ranya Musa clogging the attacking line of SSC-R.
“‘Yun talaga ang nagpanalo sa amin, yung blockings namin,” said CSB coach Macky Carino, whose squad scored 10 kill blocks led by Panaga.
Panaga displayed an all-around scoring performance with 23 points coming from nine attacks, eight kill blocks and six service aces for the Lady Blazers. Navarro had 19 markers while Musa contributed with 10 for CSB, which are coming off two knockout games in the stepladder semifinals and successfully handed SSC-R its first loss of the season after the Lady Stags swept the nine-game elimination round.
Game 2 is on Friday.
The Lady Blazers also gave SSC-R’s main hitter Grethcel Soltones a hard time. Though the Queen Lady Stag scored 27 points, Soltones still had to bleed for every hit as CSB’s middles kept hounding her in front of the net.
“’Yung San Sebastian kasi kapag na-stop mo na yung Soltones hindi na sila mananalo e,” Carino added.
It didn’t help that the Lady Stags gave away 35 points off errors and only eight excellent receptions.
After Soltones, the biggest contribution any other SSC-R player chipped in was six coming from Denice Lim – who only played for two sets in a relief role in the third set before starting in the fourth.
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