Veteran Musa left to hold the fort for the Lady Blazers
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 21, 2017 12:23 PM
Hit by the successive graduation of their key players, the College of St. Benilde’s Lady Blazers are presently in a rebuilding stage. Tall Ranya Musa (seventh from right, standing beside coach Michael Carino) is left to pick up the cudgels for the Taft-based squad being its most senior player.
Still winless in three outings in the 12-team, two-group Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, College of St. Benilde is still far from the form that gave the Lady Blazers their first ever NCAA title then under coach Michael Carino.
Each of those losses must have been quite painful for Ranya Musa. Being the most senior on the team, much is expected of her.
The bright side is that, says Carino, the Lady Blazers are getting the exposure they badly need in their preparation for the upcoming NCAA volleyball war late this year.
Carino is one of the few of the young coaches hereabouts who have already had some championships tucked under their belts.
Before his departure from Cignal this year, he had already steered the HD Spikers to both the Reinforced and Open Conference titles in the now defunct Spikers’ Turf. In between came the prized NCAA crown.
At five-foot-11, Musa, a resident of Las Pinas, is the last of the trio of towering ladies remaining on the CSB squad, left with a gaping hole by the graduation of the towering pair of Janine Navarro and Jeanette Panaga in that order following the Lady Blazers’ historic ascent to NCAA supremacy.
During training and actual games, Musa says she makes it a point to share her experience with her younger teammates. “To lead the team and share my experience with them fall under my responsibilities.”
Marites Pablo, a younger sister of the exceptionally talented Myla Pablo of Pocari Sweat is among the three rookies in the Benilde lineup. The others are Klarissa Abriam and Felicia Cui.
“Ate Myla says she will support me in whatever I choose to do in my volleyball career,” says the younger Pablo.
The St. Benilde lineup: Angela Enginco, Marites Pablo, Rachel Austero, Diane Ventura, Chelsie Umali, Melanie Torres, Pauline Cardiente, Claire Sarmiento, Christine Lim, Ellaine Dolorito, Klarissa Abriam, Ariane Daguil, Ranya Musa, and Felicia Cui.
Michael Carino, head coach; Alvin Dumalaog, assistant coach; Santiago Edlarin, trainer; and Milet Bunyi, trainer/therapist.