V-League St. Benilde celebrates its V-League Collegiate Challenge title conquest. V-Leagie.photo

St. Benilde is V-League champ

September 30, 2023 Theodore P. Jurado 200 views

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde, the reigning two-time NCAA champions, can now add the V-League title to its growing trophy case.

The Lady Blazers ruled the Collegiate Challenge following a 25-18, 25-19, 25-18 romp of Far Eastern University yesterday at the Paco Arena.

Sweeping the best-of-three series, 2-0, Benilde displayed its tremendous firepower.

Gayle Pascual, who logged 12 points and 10 digs in last Wednesday’s opener where the Lady Blazers also prevailed in straight sets, was named the Finals MVP.

Pascual, who finished with seven points, produced crucial kills late in the third set for Benilde to preserve the lead.

“Masaya po. Finally, nakuha po namin yung (V-League) championship this year. Achievement po talaga para sa amin,” said Pascual, who also took the Best Opposite Spiker award.

After beating the Lady Tamaraws in the Finals opener, the Lady Blazers entered the match oozing with confidence to get the job done.

“Nandito na po kami sa championship eh. Sayang naman kung bibitawan pa po namin since nakuha na rin namin yung Game 1,” said Pascual. “Konting trabaho naman iyon then makukuha namin ang Game 2 and yung championship.”

It was Zam Nolasco’s turn to shine, as the newly-minted Best Middle Blocker took the scoring mantle for the Lady Blazers with 12 points, including five blocks.

Jade Gentapa, who bagged the Best Outside Spiker honors, and Clydel Catarig had six points apiece, while Michelle Gamit, Wielyn Estoque and Jessa Dorog each scored five points, underscoring Benilde’s balance attack.

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s Mary Rhose Dapol, the reigning NCAA MVP, also took home the V-League’s highest individual honor in the Supreme Team.

FEU’s Kiesha Bedonia emerged as the Best Outside Spiker, while her teammate Tin Ubaldo was named the Best Setter of the tournament.

Perpetual’s Tracy Andal won the Best Libero plum and University of the East’s Riza Nogales grabbed the Best Middle Blocker award.