NCAA Season 95: Unbeaten Lady Blazers near semis berth
Mark Escarlote on Jan 30, 2020 03:58 PM
College of St. Benilde inched closer to a Final Four seat. (Josh Albelda)
College of St. Benilde needed some time to heat up before shooting down San Beda University, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22, on Thursday to remain unscathed in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Rookie Gayle Pascual delivered 20 points she collected from 16 attacks and four kill block to lead the Lady Blazers to their sixth win in as many games that solidified their hold of the solo lead.
CSB rebounded from a rough start with a mighty showing in the second frame before holding off the Lady Red Spikers in the closing stretch of the next two sets.
The Lady Blazers tallied 13 kill blocks with Chelsea Umali and Pascual scoring four each.
Dianne Ventura added 14 points, Umali got 11 markers while rookie Mycah Go had nine points and 10 excellent receptions for the Taft-based squad, which moved a win away from clinching a semifinals seat.
San Beda fell to its second straight defeat after opening its campaign with a three-game winning streak.
Despite the loss, the Lady Red Spikers kept their hold of solo fourth spot.
Skipper Cesca Racraquin and Nieza Viray led San Beda with 13 points each and combined for 24 attack points. Racraquin added 10 digs.
Ela Viray had 10 markers and 13 digs while Trisha Paras posted 10 points in a lost cause for the Mendiola-based squad.
Meanwhile, the Blazers outlasted the Red Spikers, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25, 19-25, 15-9, to improve to a 4-2 win-loss record.
Ruvince Abrot exploded for 28 points off 22 kills, four kill blocks and two aces while Joshua De Sequera scattered 17 markers for CSB. Georgie Gauani added 15 points while Franz Almonte got 13 for the Blazers, who handed San Beda its second loss in five games.
Jeffrey Losa led the Red Spikers with 18 points Melver Lapuga and Abdurasad Nursiddik filed 17 and 12 markers, respectively.
In juniors play, San Beda defeated CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 25-7, 25-16, 25-8, for a 3-2 card.
The Greenies remained at the bottom of the standings with 0-6 mark.
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