NCAA Season 95: CSB wins fourth in a row, keeps solo lead
Mark Escarlote on Jan 23, 2020 04:02 PM
College of St. Benilde collected its fourth straight win in as many starts to keep a tight hold of the solo lead. (Josh Albelda)
Klarisa Abriam woke up from a scoring slumber to lead College of St. Benilde to its fourth win in a row in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 crushing of Emilio Aguinaldo College to tighten its grip of the solo lead in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Thursday.
Abriam started for the Lady Blazers and delivered 16 points, all coming off kills, in just two sets for her best game so far in the tournament after averaging just six points in CSB’s first three outings.
Pitted against a winless squad, CSB coach Jerry Yee tweaked his rotation with his bench players getting the nod to start including Abriam, who in the first three games played as a reserve while nursing an ankle injury.
“Gusto niya kasi lahat nayu-utilize para din sa conditioning ng mga bata para hindi sila masyadong pagod,” said Lady Blazers assistant coach Charmaine Geronimo. “Especially this NCAA masyadong dikit ang mga games, nagta-thrice a week tapos short lang din ang season. Hangga’t maaari ma-utilize lahat, wag ma-overuse ang mga bata.”
Michelle Gamit added 11 markers while Marites Pablo had seven markers for CSB. Rookie Gayle Pascual, who averaged 12.6 points in her first, played only in the third set but still managed to come up with seven markers for the Lady Blazers.
CSB smashed 48 attack points with Jewel Lai tallying 19 excellent sets to orchestrate the squad’s fluid offense.
Krizzia Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Lady Generals with 13 points including 12 kills. EAC dropped its third straight game in as many outings.
The Lady Generals’ losing woes since Season 93 extended to 13 straight.
Meanwhile, the Generals marched to a share of the lead with a 25-15, 25-21, 26-28, 25-17, win over the Blazers.
EAC joined defending two-time champion University of Perpetual Help and Arellano U at the top spot with 3-0 slate while snapping CSB's two-game winning streak for a 2-2 card.
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