COLLEGE of St. Benilde got back on track after downing Emilio Aguinaldo College in five grueling sets, 23-15, 25-12, 15-25, 25-17, 15-10, in the 89th NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.
Jannine Navaro and Therese Veronas had 17 each, while Maureen Loren chipped in 15 and Jeanette Panaga with 11 for the Lady Blazers, who lost to San Beda the last time.
CSB improved to a 5-1 slate and is now tied with San Beda and University of Perpetual Help.
“We played our worst game against San Beda. We reviewed EAC's plays. Inaral naming maigi and nag-paid off ang paghihirap ng mga bata dahil lumabas ang game nila,” said St. Benilde coach Macky Cariño.
St. Benilde, however, committed 43 errors which Cariño hopes to lessen in the team’s coming games.
“Sobrang lousy `yung service ng mga bata (in this game). We will also focus sa combination attacks namin, blocking and coverage. Para next year mapunan `yung mga kahinaan namin,” said Cariño, who took over the coaching rein from Thelma Barina-Rojas in the off-season.
Charmille Belleza poured 16 points, while Arian Angustia added 12 for EAC, which fell to 4-2.
Meanwhile, Mapua Institute of Technology notched its first win of the season as it outworked Jose Rizal University, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.
Alissa Magallanes came with up 13 points, while Anna Paula Perez registered 12 for the Lady Cardinals, who finally snapped their five-game losing streak to tie their victims at 1-5.
Rosalie Pepito and Laela Lopez each had 15 markers for JRU, while Ma. Margarita Tabunda and Maria Shola Alvarez added 14 and 10, respectively.
In men's play, EAC romped to its sixth straight win after dumping CSB, 25-17, 14-25, 25-22, 25-21.
Howard Mojica came through with 18 points, while Kerth Melliza added 12 for the Generals, who remained undefeated in six outings.
John Vic de Guzman scored 20 markers, from 15 spikes, three blocks, and two service aces, while Isaah O'niel added 12 for St. Benilde (4-2).
In other games, Philip Bagalay exploded for 45 points to lift Mapua past JRU, 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 25-15.
Bagalay currently leads all players in scoring with a total of 137 points.
Paul John Cuzon contributed 15 for Mapua, which now has a 2-4 card, while Peter Eananod made 12 for JRU, (1-6).