FAR Eastern University escaped College of St. Benilde, 25-19, 32-30, 15-25, 24-26, 15-4, to start its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
Celine Domingo led the way for FEU with 14 points, while Jerrili Malabanan added 11 and Jeanette Villareal had 10.
Rookie Lycha Ebon, who now wears the No. 2 jersey after FEU top hitter Bernadeth Pons' graduation, had an impressive debut with 11 markers.
FEU joined opening-day winner Adamson University, which defeated University of Perpetual Help.
Marites Pablo had 20 points for CSB, Jan Dagul registered 18 markers and Klarisa Abriam chipped in 15.