Pascual CSB’s Gayle Pascual tries to win the joust against two Mapua defenders during their NCAA women’s volleyball match at the Paco Arena yesterday. NCAA-GMA photo

St. Benilde extends perfect run

June 28, 2022 Theodore P. Jurado 513 views

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde needed only 67 minutes to rout Mapua, 25-17, 25-11, 25-12, to extend its perfect run to five in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Paco Arena.

Playing like one fluid machine, the Lady Blazers dominated the Lady Cardinals in spiking (41-19), blocking (4-1) and service (6-2) to raise their league-leading record to 5-0.

Later, titleholder Arellano University reclaimed second place following a 25-13, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Letran.

As the eliminations reached the halfway mark, CSB mentor Jerry Yee is looking forward for his troops to follow the gameplan to the letter.

“Kumbaga, execute lang tayo nang execute. Hindi pa tapos eh. Kalahati pa lang,” said Yee, who is on his third season with the Lady Blazers.

Jade Gentapa had 12 points, Mycah Go also had 12 points, including two service aces, to go with 10 receptions, while Gayle Pascual added nine points for CSB.

Cloanne Mondoñedo had a solid all-around game for the Lady Blazers, as the second year setter tossed in 18 excellent sets, collected 10 digs and fired two service aces to finish with six points.

Coach Obet Javier reminded his Lady Chiefs not to be complacent as what happened in the Lady Knights stole one in the second set.

“Maging focus lang. Maglaro lang tayo,” said Javier, after his team moved up to 5-1.

With the improved level of play, Arellano is simply grateful to win three straight matches after its stunning loss San Sebastian.

“Sinusuwerte kami. Yung pina-practice namin, nagbubunga naman,” said Javier.

Carla Donato had two blocks to finish with 16 points, Trina Abay added 13 points, including three blocks, while Miya Diño produced 12 kills for the Lady Chiefs.

Cess Bello was also big for Arellano with 11 points, including two service aces, 17 digs and 10 receptions.

Mapua, which dropped in a tie with Lyceum of the Philippines University at 3-2 in fourth spot, was far from the team that won three straight contests.

As Nicole Ong and Jonina Fernandez struggled on offense, Tere Manalo led the scoring for the Lady Cardinals with seven points.

Go and Pascual joined forces in winning the first set for CSB, before Michelle Gamit took charge in giving the Taft-based spikers a 2-0 set lead.

It was the Lady Blazers’ fourth straight-set win this season.

“We prepared for them so its good na nakuha namin,” said Yee.

The Lady Knights have now lost two straight – and the fifth overall in six matches.

Shereena Urmeneta had 14 points and nine receptions while substitute CK Calixto chipped in 11 kills for Letran.