Lady Blazers survive first stepladder match

Mark Escarlote on Jan 31, 2017 06:20 PM
Lady Blazers survive first stepladder match
College of St. Benilde sets up a second stepladder match against twice-to-beat Arellano University after booting out San Beda College.

College of St. Benilde kept its title-retention bid alive after sweeping San Beda College, 25-22, 25-20, 25-15, Tuesday to survive the opening knockout phase of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition stepladder semifinals at The Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Blazers relied on their solid defensive wall to turn back the Lady Red Spikers and advance in the next round of the semifinals against the twice-to-beat Arellano University on Friday.

Ranya Musa and last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Jeanette Panaga combined for seven of the Lady Blazers’ 11 kill blocks that made San Beda bleed for every attack point.

Musa scored 15 points coming from 10 kills, four kill blocks and an ace while Panaga added 11 points for the Taft-based squad. Rachel Austerio finished with 11 markers while Angela Enginco had nine for the Macky Carino-mentored squad, who defeated San Beda last Friday in a playoff for the no. 3 spot.

The Lady Blazers, who are in the same situation as last year when they needed to hurdle a couple of knockout games to advance in the Finals and eventually win their breakthrough crown against the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian College in four games, survived the match but Carino was far from satisfied.

“Yes (naka-survive kami) pero kung gusto namin mag-champion katulad last year dapat hindi ganyan ang gagalawin namin kasi ang mga simpleng mali namin dapat hindi ganoon eh,” he said. “Nagbibigay pa rin kami (ng errors) may mga times na lamang kami ng lima nahahabol kami or napupuntusan kami ng tatlo at saka lang namin mapapatay (ang bola).”

“Dapat kapag ganitong game dapat one point every point importanteng importante talaga dapat kapag sila (kalaban) ang kukuha ng puntos dapat paghirapan nila hindi tayo dapat nagbibigay na makapuntos sila ng madalian,” he added.

Francesca Racraquin was the only San Beda player in double figures with 11 while Nieza Viray and Satriani Espiritu combined for only 15.




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