Lady Blazers in panic mode after back-to-back losses

Mark Escarlote on Sep 13, 2017 08:37 PM
Lady Blazers in panic mode after back-to-back losses
College of St. Benilde is pushing the panic button after consecutive losses.

The College of St. Benilde stepped inside the court hoping for a bounce back win.

Coming off an 11-day break since dropping their opening day match in straight sets against reigning NCAA champion Arellano University, the Lady Blazers hoped that they’d be able to hurdle the same squad that they booted out in the stepladder semifinals of their collegiate league last season.  

The bounce back never came.

Instead, CSB dropped its second straight match and are heading towards a precarious position of missing the semis cut in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. 

“Hindi ko alam kung ano ang nangyayari sa amin,” said graduating Lady Blazer Ranya Musa after CSB’s 21-25, 20-25, 25-17, 22-25, loss Wednesday that kept them of the win column in Group B at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Taft-based squad had a long talk after the match.  

“Tina-try namin i-angat ang isa’t-isa so kung buong team ang nahihirapan baka individually may problema,” said Musa, who saw her 21-point outing go to waste. “So ang ginagawa namin baka kailangan namin mag-usap isa-isa.

One of the few remaining holdovers of CSB’s championship core two years ago, Musa admitted that they’re low on morale after losing against two of the top NCAA title contenders.   

“Opo kasi po syempre parehas NCAA teams, kaya nagpa-panic kami na hindi lang siya hanggang fifth set eh, straight set sa Arellano tapos four sets sa Beda,” she said. “So parang may something wrong talaga sa team na hindi umaangat.”

But what worries Musa and the whole CSB squad was the awful numbers they put in when the stats sheet came out. 

The Blazers did score 38 attack points just one more that the number of markers they gave away off their errors.

“Nakakagulat for me kasi attacks 38 tapos 37 errors so may mali talaga sa team namin kung bakit nagkakaganyan,” Musa said. “Siguro nawawalan din ng tiwala sa sarili.”

CSB will face the University of the Philippines on Monday.




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