St. Benilde goes for solo lead in NCAA women's volley as Lady Blazers face Mapua Lady Cardinals
Ranya Musa and the Lady Blazers look to score their third win in as many matches. Jaime Campos

DEFENDING champion College St. Benilde guns for the solo lead as it takes on Mapua in the women's division of the 92nd NCAA volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

The Lady Blazers scored come-from-behind wins against Perpetual Help and Letran to join three others in the early lead.

Last year's runner-up San Sebastian, San Beda and Lyceum also have 2-0 records.

Jeanette Panaga, last season’s finals MVP, and Ranya Musa have been carrying the load for the Lady Blazers, in the top five of the league's scoring leaders with both averaging 17 points.

St. Benilde coach Macky Carino is hoping his team will be more consistent when it takes on Mapua, winless in two starts. The match starts at 1 p.m.

"If we can play aggressive from start to finish, not just in the latter part of the game, we'll be okay," said Carino.

In men's play, Mapua guns for the top spot as it squares off with St. Benilde at 2:30 p.m.

The Cardinals zoomed to an early share of the lead with San Beda after defeating Jose Rizal in three sts and San Sebastian in four.

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