NCAA Season 95: Lady Blazers book first semis seat
Mark Escarlote on Feb 07, 2020 02:49 PM
College of St. Benilde punched the first semifinals ticket. (Josh Albelda)
The College of St. Benilde survived some scary moments in the third set before collecting its seventh straight win and a Final Four spot with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-20, sweep of Jose Rizal University on Friday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Trailing early in the third set, the Lady Blazers unleashed a 6-0 run to take the helm before staving off the comeback attempt of the Lady Bombers to remain unbeaten.
Rookie sensations Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go anchored CSB’s balance scoring while veteran Klarisa Abriam and Kaila Miranda took care of business in the third frame in their only share of action in the match.
Pascual finished with eight points with all but one coming off attacks while Go also had eight markers and added seven excellent receptions. Abriam pounded all of seven points on kills in the third set while Miranda had six including back-to-back hits that broke a 19-19 deadlock in the third frame.
CSB is now eyeing a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis or an outright Finals seat if its hurdles its last two assignments in Mapua University and three-time defending champion Arellano University.
“Mindset pa rin namin yung last two games namin maging pulido pa rin ang galaw ng mga bata,” said CSB assistant coach Jay Chua.
The Lady Blazers came back from 8-12 down in the third with six unanswered points to take a two-point lead. JRU rallied to tie it at 19 before Miranda opened a 22-19 separation.
The Lady Bombers came close, 22-20, before CSB finished them off with three straight points capped off by a crisp block of Michelle Gamit on Renesa Melgar.
JRU stepped back to a 3-5 card and had its two-game winning streak snapped.
Melgar had eight points while Dolly Verosa was limited to only seven markers for the Lady Bombers.
Meanwhile, the Blazers boosted their semis bid with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-12, 25-20, victory over also-ran Heavy Bombers.
Ruvince Abrot exploded for 25 points and nine excellent receptions while Ronniey Adviento and Joshua De Sequera had 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for the now 5-2 CSB.
JRU dropped to a 1-7 slate.
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