CSB sweeps Letran
Marites Pablo of College of St. Benilde blocks Marie Simborio of Letran. The transferee from National University scored nine points in her NCAA debut.
(FilOil Flying V Centre)
8:00 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (jrs)
9:30 a.m. -- LPU vs. Perpetual (m)
11 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (w)
12:30 p.m. -- EAC vs. Arellano (w)
2:00 p.m. -- EAC vs Arellano (m)
3:30 p.m. – EAC vs. Arellano (jrs)
College of St. Benilde bucked a slow start and a sloppy outing in the third set to eke out a straight-set 25-22, 25-11, 25-20, victory over Letran Friday in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Graduating veteran Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero led the Lady Blazers with 14 points each while transferees Marites Pablo and Klarisa Abriam, who both came from National University, combined for 17 markers in their debut game. Musa scored 10 off attacks while Austero smashed nine spikes and nailed four of the Taft-based squad’s 12 service aces.
New Lady Blazers head coach Arnold Laniog was far from satisfied with his wards’ performance in their 69-minute rout.
“Naka-adapt na sila sa sistema pero hindi pa nila totally ma-run yung gusto naming mangyari,” said new Lady Blazers head coach Arnold Laniog.
The mentor was disappointed specifically with the numbers of errors they committed.
CSB, who ruled the tournament in Season 91, gave away 30 points off errors, more than half of the total markers earned by the Lady Knights in their 53-point game total.
“Like kanina sa first set medyo struggle tapos nakita ko sa mukha nila na, ‘Oh teka anong problema, anong nangyari?’ Eh ang usapan namin as much as possible on the start of the first set makuha kaagad namin ang momentum,” said Laniog. “Kanina nakita ko na parang nag-aanatayan kung sino magi-initiate o sino magpu-push para gumalaw. Eventually naka-adjust na.”
“After the second set sinabi ko na nananalo tayo pero once na nanalo tayo doon natatapos. Ipinakita ko yun stats and nagulat sila na on the first set 19 points ang kalaban binigyan namin sila ng 18 points. So 18 points came from our errors,” added the mentor, who steered the CSB men’s team to its breakthrough title last year before taking the Lady Blazers’ coaching position left by Macky Carino. “Sinabi ko sa kanila na mas mataas yung binibigay nating puntos kaysa sa ini-earn nila. Thankful na lang kami na hindi sila ganoon ka-aggressive gumawa ng puntos and at the same time yung service namin naging threat na kanina.”
After a dominating second set, CSB went down 1-6 to open the third frame. The Lady Blazers were down 9-11 before mounting a five-point blitz to overtake Letran, 14-11.
CSB went up, 21-16, the Lady Knights closed the gap 23-20 before the Lady Blazers sealed the match with back-to-back hits capped by Arianne Daguil smash.
Miracle Mendoza led Letran with five points while Glayssa Torres and Marie Simborio added four each.
Meanwhile, defending champion CSB defeated Letran, 25-12, 25-21, 25-18, in men’s play while the CSB-La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers outplayed the Squires, 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 25-20, to complete the school’s sweep over the Intramuros-based rival.
Isaah Arda and Mark Orian scored 17 and 13 points, respectively, for the Blazers while Christian Antonio exploded with 24 to lead the Junior Blazers.
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