JANINE Marciano lifted San Beda past College of Saint Benilde, 25-6, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, for the solo lead in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan City.
Marciano scored the match-winning hit to give the Lionesses their fifth consecutive win and remained the tournament's lone unbeaten team, while handing the Lady Blazers their first loss in five starts.
Finishing with 24 points that included a tournament-best nine service aces, Marciano was impressive as San Beda imposed a commanding 17-0 lead in the opening set that set the tone for the victory.
The Lady Blazers fought back by winning the third set and even held an 18-13 lead in the fourth, only to commit crucial errors.
St. Benilde hitter Therese Veronas allowed San Beda to take a 22-19 buffer after an overreaching violation.
A Marciano hit moved San Beda to match point before St. Benilde gained a lifeline after SBC setter Robey Remigio was called for a lifting violation.
San Beda coach Jeorge Sucaldito summed up his team's performance, saying, “Sa simula, superb. Yung second set follow up na lang ng first set so maganda ang iginalaw.”
“Pero noong third set, yung normal mistakes ng players at ng team yung nagiging complacent kaya bumalik sa amin. Yung fourth set, meron pang aftershock ng nangyari sa third set at mabuti, nakabangon. Tiwala naman ako sa kanila sa kanilang ginawa nila sa training", he said.
Molina finished with 27 points and Remigio dished out 27 excellent sets for San Beda.
Veronas scored 14 points, while Jannine Navarro had 11 markers for St. Benilde, which is now tied for second place with Arellano University.
Meanwhile, Lyceum made short work of Jose Rizal University, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18, to snap a four-game slide.
Jhemil Abadilla was good for 16 points, while Dhianne Ibit added 10 markers for the Lady Pirates, who tied the Lady Bombers at 1-4.
Laela Lopez scored 12 points for JRU.
In men's action, John Vic de Guzman poured in 17 points, while Marjun Alingasa had 13 markers as St. Benilde handed San Beda its first loss with a 19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 victory