Pascual A focused Gayle Pascual hopes to carry Benilde to its first V-League title. V-League photo

St. Benilde guns for first V-L title

September 28, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 243 views

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde guns for its first V-League championship, aiming to complete a sweep of the Collegiate Challenge Finals against Far Eastern University at the Paco Arena.

The Lady Blazers seek to close out their remarkable campaign on a five-win run fashion as they brace for a big the Lady Tamaraws fightback to force a Game 3 at 2 p.m.

Benilde, with Gayle Pascual leading the way, got back at its elimination round tormentors in big fashion, dealing FEU its second defeat of the season via a 25-18, 25-18, 25-16 victory in the series’ opener on Wednesday.

“Titibayan pa rin namin ‘yung defense namin at sa block. So far, nag-work naman siya sa Game 1,” said Lady Blazers assistant mentor Jay Chua.

The Lady Tamaraws are not new to this situation. After losing to University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the semis opener, FEU regroup by winning two in a row to advance to the title round.

La Salle, meanwhile, goes for the jugular against University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m.

The Green Spikers pounded out a 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-8 decision over the Golden Spikers in the opener of their best-of-three series last Wednesday.

La Salle acting coach Jose Roque knows that the series is far from over, as UST is determined to bounce back and send the showdown to a decider at 4 p.m.

“Tatrabahuhin pa rin naman ito. We’ll make sure na ‘yung mga lapses na nagawa namin during this game, mapunuan namin. Wala akong expectations na makukuha na namin, but since we got this Game 1, medyo mataas ang morale ng players,” said Roque.