Lady Pirates stun Lady Blazers in five-set shocker
Mark Escarlote on Dec 06, 2016 04:35 PM
Cherilyn Sindayen of Lyceum of the Philippines attacks the defense of College of St. Benilde's Ellaine Dolorito.
Lyceum of the Philippines scored probably the biggest upset of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition by bringing down the erstwhile unbeaten College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers, 25-22, 24-26, 25-18, 20-25, 15-10, Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Unfazed even at the presence of the streaking defending champions, the Lady Pirates went all-out to put a dent on CSB’s record and notch their third win in four games.
Team captain Cherilyn Sindayen led three other LPU players in double figures with 16 points including 15 coming off attacks. La Raine Fabay added 14 points, Czarina Orros unleashed 12 kills for her total of 13 markers while Christine Miralles had 12 points for the Lady Pirates, who bounced back from a straight sets setback at the hands of San Beda last week.
The win pushed LPU in a two-way tie with idle Arellano University.
“Siguro naman mapapansin na nila kami ngayon,” said LPU coach Emil Lontoc.
The Lady Pirates took advantage of the Lady Blazers’ poor service reception with Fabay scoring five aces in LPU’s total of 11 service winners.
CSB dropped to 4-1 slate tied with San Beda for the second to third spots.
Last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Jeannette Panaga finished with 18 points including 16 kills while Ranya Musa got 11 markers for the Lady Blazers.
LPU also won in the juniors division with a rout of De La Salle-Greenhills, 25-11, 25-16, 25-8, for a 3-1 record.
The Junior Blazers absorbed its fourth loss in five outings.
John Vic De Guzman saved the CSB from a complete shutout by powering the Blazers to a come-from-behind 26-28, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 win against the Pirates.
De Guzman sizzled with 26 points with 23 coming off smashes while Mark Orian and Isaah Arda had 15 and 14 markers respectively to deliver CSB’s fourth win in five games to tie San Beda.
LPU slid to 2-2 card with Joeward Presnede’s 23 points gpoing down the drain.
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