Lady Blazers too hot, too good for foes

January 20, 2020

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde made quick work of Letran, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15, to seize the solo lead in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.

Chelsea Umali led the Lady Blazers’ balanced offense with seven points while Klarisa Abriam added six kills while playing only in the first and second set.

Michelle Gamit tallied two blocks and two service aces to also finish with six points, the same scoring output that substitute Jade Gentapa produced for St. Benilde.

Later, Lorraine Barrias had 20 points and 28 digs as Mapua bagged its first victory with a 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 decision over Emilio Aguinaldo College.

After leading the Lady Blazers to two consecutive wins, young guns Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go came off the bench this time and combined for 10 points. 

Skipper Jewel Lai, St. Benilde’s lead playmaker, tossed in 15 excellent sets before sitting out in the third frame.

The Lady Knights kept the match close in the opening frame before the Lady Blazers pulled away late, with Diane Ventura capping her four-point outing in the set with a kill.

Letran, which fell to 1-1, never recovered from there, as coach Jerry Yee was able to shuffle his rotation in the second and third set that worked wonders for St. Benilde.

Chamberlaine Cuñada, who had 24 points and 17 digs in the Lady Knights’ season-opening win against the Lady Generals, finished with 15 hits.

Angeline Mangundayao had two blocks for a 10-point outing for the Lady Cardinals, who overcame 36 errors to prevail.

Krizzia Reyes scored 19 kills for the Lady Generals, who have lost two in a row.

In men’s play, Ruvince Abrot had two service aces to finish with 15 points as St. Benilde swept Letran, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22, to raise its record to 2-1.

Arieh Barba scored 10 points as Letran earned its first juniors win with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-8 rout of CSB-LSGH.