COLLEGE of St. Benilde defeated Arellano University, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19, to move closer to a semifinal berth in the PVL Collegiate Conference on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.
Klarisa Abriam scored 17 points, while Gayle Pascual nailed 12 points, all coming from attacks, as St. Benilde improved its win-loss record to 3-1.
Mycah Go added seven markers, 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions for the Lady Blazers.
Arellano coach Obet Javier did not field last season’s MVP Necole Ebuen, refusing to disclose the injury. Regine Arocha is still out after suffering an ankle injury early in the preseason tournament.
The Lady Chiefs suffered their second straight loss for a 2-2 record.
“Siguro kulang sila, yung Arocha di naglaro injured probably or nagre-rest. Tayo prepare lang tayo ng prepare and pagdating ng game laro lang tayo ng laro,” CSB head coach Jerry Yee told reporters.
Charmina Dino scored 12 and Nicole Sasuman added nine for the Lady Chiefs.
Meanwhile, San Beda University kept its semifinal hopes alive with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 victory over University of Perpetual Help.
Nieza Viray had 14 points off 11 attacks, two service aces and a block, while making seven excellent receptions.
Cesca Racraquin had 12 points laced with 10 excellent digs, while Trisha Paras and Kim Manzano added nine points each.
San Beda moved to third place in Pool A with a 2-2 record, while Perpetual Help is out after its third defeat in four matches.
Earlier, also-ran San Sebastian College ended a three-match skid as it took down Letran, 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 26-24.
Reyann Cañete delivered the winning hits and finished with 12 points on top of 14 excellent digs for San Sebastian.
Bianca Ordona scored 14, Shae Requierme added 13 and Kamille Tan had 10 markers for San Sebstian.
Assistant coach Jewelle Bermillo, the second year player who called the shots for San Sebastian, also drew impressive performance from setter Alex Sison, dishing out 22 excellent sets and libero Catherine Lim having 20 receptions and 17 digs.
San Sebastian forced a triple tie with Letran and Perpetual Help at 1-3 records.
Charm Simborio scored 13 and Kath Dela Cruz added 12 for LEtran.