Lady Blazers back on winning track, cuff Lady Generals
Mark Escarlote on Dec 12, 2016 02:35 PM
Jeannette Panaga dropped 22 points as College of St. Benilde snatched its fifth win in six games with a four-set victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College.
(The Arena, San Juan)
8:30 a.m. --- Lyceum vs Mapua (m)
10:00 a.m. --- Lyceum vs. Mapua (w)
11:30 a.m. --- Letran vs San Beda(w)
1:00 p.m. --- Letran vs San Beda (m)
2:30 p.m. --- Letran vs San Beda (jrs)
Defending champion College of St. Benilde recovered from a second set meltdown to get back on the winning track with a 25-10, 18-25, 25-7, 25-23, victory over listless Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
Coming off a shocking five-set loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University, the Lady Blazers banked on power-hitting Jeanette Panaga to improve to 5-1 win-loss record at second spot.
Panaga scored 22 points coming off 15 attacks with six kill blocks and an ace to lead the Taft-based squad, who avenged its 22-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 10-15, loss to the Lady Pirates last Wednesday.
But what was supposed to be a walk in the park match against a team that has yet to taste victory in six outings turned out be a harder assignment for the Lady Blazers.
The Lady Generals stole the second set as EAC took advantage of CSB void in the middle with head coach Macky Carino opting to bench Ranya Musa, who only saw action in the fourth set to finish with two points. The Lady Blazers fired back in the third frame with a barrage of attacks coming from Panaga and Jan Daguil, who finished with 13 points including nine coming off kills.
CSB controlled the next set to close its last match of the year on a high note.
Rachel Austerio had 10 markers while Angela Enginco got seven for the Lady Blazers, who will return to action on January 5 against San Beda before wrapping up the eliminations with Arellano University on Jan. 11 and a rematch of last year’s finals with San Sebastian College (5-0) on Jan. 25.
Meanwhile, the Blazers rolled to their fifth straight win after six outings to join San Beda Red Lions on top of the men’s standings.
Skipper John Vic De Guzman smashed 17 attacks in his 20-point outing in CSB’s 25-18, 25-17, 20-25, 25-13, drubbing of the Generals.
Ron Jordan added 13 points while Isaah Arda got 12 for CSB, which sent EAC to 0-6 record.
In juniors action, the Brigadiers saved EAC from a shutout by silencing the Junior Blazers, 25-11, 25-15, 25-7, to keep its perfect record (5-0) intact.
CSB dropped to 0-4 mark.
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