St. Benilde overcomes slow start to beat Lyceum in five for share of NCAA lead
Diane Ventura and the Lady Blazers make it two wins in as many matches. Marlo Cueto

COLLEGE of St. Benilde fought back from two sets down to beat Lyceum, 22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13, 15-10, on Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Klarisa Abriam led all scorers with 18 points as St. Benilde copped its second win in as many games to tie defending champion Arellano University at the top.

Rachel Austero also had 16 points and 10 digs for the Lady Blazers, Marites Pablo added 12 and and skipper Ranya Musa chipped in 11.

“Tendency kasi ng team na mag-slow start, so ako ang nag-adjust sa kanila,” said CSB coach Arnold Laniog.

“Nag-adjust kami dun para sa next game gusto ko makita na pag start pa lang mainit na agad.”

“‘Di ko na feel na over confident kami sa kalaban,” he said. “Sabi ko sa scouting reports, may tao, although eight players ‘yung anim nila lalaban pag nag relax kami, delikado.”

The Lady Blazers scored five unanswered points to take the lead, 9-4, in the fifth and held on for the win.

Team captain Bien Juanillo had 14 points for Lyceum, while Monica Sevilla added 11.

The Lady Pirates are winless in two matches, tied with Mapua.

 

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