Star-transferee from UE, two basketball-turned-volley players joining St. Benilde lineup for the first time

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 03, 2017 04:20 PM
Key transferee, ex-cagers power CSB
The College of St. Benilde Blazers are using their stint in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference as their final preparation before they defend their crown in the upcoming NCAA volley season.

Three rookies are appearing on the lineup of defending champion College of St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.

They are six-foot Ruvince Abrot, a major acquisition from the University of the East, and a pair of six-foot-four former Team B basketball players – Joshua de Sequera from CSB itself and Rodd Tyron Rojas from Far Eastern University.

“Ruvince’s presence will definitely add more muscle to our offense,” said coach Arnold Laniog of Abrot, who left UE after playing his first year in the UAAP last season due to what he said was a misunderstanding with his fellow Red Warriors then.

“Not yet there but they will if they continue to work harder during training,” said the coach of de Sequera and Rojas. “They are already playing with the added advantage of their great height, and Rojas with his great volleyball pedigree.”

Rojas’ parents were once the nation’s best spikers. Her mom, the former Thelma Barina, had powered the Philippines to its last championship in the Southeast Asia Games, and her father, now a referee, was also a many-time national player.

Sooner than you think, according to Laniog, the two will be doing battle with the finest collegiate middle blockers. “And then they will have the playing time they most craved when they were still in their respective caging squads as Team B members.”

The other 11 on the squad led by Isaah Arda, Owen Bacani, Mark Jethro Orian and Francis Basilan are carryovers from the previous one that gave St. Benilde its first ever men’s title in the NCAA last season.

Kevin Magsino, left to do the setting job, proved his worthiness by accounting for all of St. Benilde’s 40 excellent sets in its first outing against sister school De La Salle University.

Making up the rest of the Blazers are Josh Renen Montano, Sean Anthony Saldavia, Anthony Bautista, Aljian Paul Dy, Russel Garcia and Jerico San Miguel.

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