Lady Blazers Focus on NCAA Women’s Volleyball Title


COLLEGE de Saint-Bénilde (CSB) made quick work of defending champion Arellano University, 25-21, 25-11, 25-10, to come close to completing a perfect season in the tournament National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Center.

The Lady Blazers, who last played on July 9, were briefly challenged by the Lady Chiefs in the first set.

Cess Bello’s kill gave Arellano University a 12-11 lead before CSB finally got into the rhythm as Go closed out the first set with straight points.

The Lady Blazers dominated the next two games to close in 68 minutes.

Gayle Pascual had 17 points, including three blocks, to lead CSB to claim a 1-0 series lead.

Undefeated in 10 games this season, the Lady Blazers go to the jugular in Game 2 set for 2 p.m. Friday in the same arena in San Juan.

Pascual has refused to count the Lady Chiefs just yet.

“The season is not over,” Pascual said. “Even though we won Game 1, there’s still Game 2, and maybe Game 3.”

Michelle Gamit had two blocks for an 11-point outing, Mycah Go added eight points, 12 digs and four receptions, while Jade Gentapa also had 12 digs to go with seven points for CSB.

Second setter Chenae Basarte fired three of her team’s six service aces.

The Lady Blazers are shooting for their first championship since 2016 behind Jeanette Panaga, Jannine Navarro, Ranya Musa and Djanel Cheng.

Carla Donato led the Lady Chiefs with nine points, including two blocks, while Trina Abay hammered in seven kills.


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