COLLEGE of Saint Benilde pulled away in the fifth set to repulse Lyceum of the Philippines University, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 15-7, and gain a share of the lead in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go produced the key hits in the decider as the Lady Blazers chalked up their second win as in many matches, joining four-peat seeking Arellano University on top of the standings.
Pascual took the scoring mantle for the Lady Blazers with 18 points while Go added 17 points, including three service aces, 17 receptions and six digs.
Earlier, Chamberlaine Cuñada came through with 24 points and 17 digs as Letran rebounded from an opening set loss to beat Emilio Aguinaldo College, 22-25, 25-10, 25-18, 25-13, for a winning start.
The Lady Pirates, who dropped to 0-2, could have won in straight sets but could not get the job done in the second frame.
Ciamelle Wanta tallied 21 kills while rookie transferee Joy Onofre had eight blocks to finisg with 16 points for LPU.
Toughened by their stint in the PVL Collegiate Conference, coach Mike Inoferio said the Lady Knights are determined to go further this season.
“Nag-iba ang pananaw ng mga bata. Sinukatan yung mga sarili nila at napatunayan na puwede kami sa ganitong tournament,” said Inoferio.
That off-season campaign, which included a gallant stand against reigning UAAP queens Ateneo, helped Letran to improve its game.
Putting emphasis on service, the Muralla-based spikers tallied 11 aces, with graduating setter Charm Simborio and Cuñada combining for seven. Libero Julia Angeles collected 30 digs and seven receptions while Simborio tossed in 12 excellent sets.
Rookies Dane Iam Ohya and Julienne Castro also delivered for the Lady Knights with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Newcomer Catherine Almazan led the Lady Generals with 13 points while Krizzia Reyes chipped in eight points.
Meanwhile, Joshua Miña had 16 points, including two blocks, while Danrich Melad added 15 points as EAC open its men’s campaign with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-17 romp of Letran.
The Brigadiers, with Ricardo Maglapid leading the way with 11 hits, conquered the Squires, 30-28, 25-18, 28-26, in juniors’ play.