PVL: UP sweeps CSB in first meeting against former coach

Mark Escarlote on Aug 15, 2018 05:32 PM
PVL: UP sweeps CSB in first meeting against former coach
University of the Philippines rediscovered its winning ways with a tight victory over College of St. Benilde.

University of the Philippines survived a tough challenge against a very game College of St. Benilde as the Lady Maroons got back on the winning track Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.

The Lady Maroons, who improved to 3 - 2, faced stiff resistance from the Lady Blazers, who were mentored by their former head coach Jerry Yee and led by former UP setter Jewel Lai, before walking away with a 26-24, 27-25, 29-27, victory at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

With Isa Molde leading the way, UP captured its third win in five games to solidify its hold of the no. 4 spot and erase the bitter memory of its four-set loss to Adamson University the last time out.

Lady Maroons' Kenyan head coach Godfrey Okumu, who replaced Yee last year, felt that his squad played subpar.   

"We made many juvenile mistakes a team like UP should not make," said Okumu. That’s why the game was long. We had many chances that if we executed quickly it could have be an easy three set."

Molde scored 18 points from 15 attacks and three aces while adding 11 digs for the Lady Maroons. Rookie Nicole Magsarile finished with 10 while Aie Gannaban had nine for UP, which pounded 45 attacks .  

Molde played the hero's role in the tight third set, scoring an attack to push UP at its fourth match point advantage, 28-27, before sealing the victrory with an ace. 

The Lady Maroons got into trouble in the opening frame, falling behind, 22-24, before mounting a closing rally to steal the set. Gannaban saved a set point followed by back-to-back errors by the Lady Blazers before Molde sealed the set win with a crosscourt kill.

UP in the second set moved at set point only to see CSB force a couple of deuces before Magsarile and Marist Layug put the Lady Blazers at bay with a kill and a kill block, respectively. 

The Lady Blazers absorbed their second straight defeat to slide to 1-4 mark tied with University of Perpetual Help.

Klarisa Abriam was the only CSB player in double figures with 20 points.



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