NCAA Season 92 Men’s Volleyball champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers punched in a crucial win over Season 93 titlists University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
The Blazers leaned on transferee Vince Abrot and volleyball newcomer Joshua De Sequera for much of their offense. Abrot tallied a game-high 19 points off 16 attacks and three aces, while De Sequera added 14 markers built on eight attacks, four blocks, and two aces.
CSB head coach Arnold Laniog admitted that they wanted to make a statement against their NCAA rivals.
“Sabi ko nga na importante na every game na makatapat namin ‘yung co-NCAA teams namin na makagawa kami ng statement agad,” said Laniog. “Tao-sa-tao, siguro mas beterano kami nang kaunte kumpara sa kalaban namin. Sabi ko nga sa mga players na ipakita namin ‘yun.”
Each set went down the wire, with crucial defensive plays making the difference through the first three frames. The Blazers pulled away in the fourth set, taking a 17-11 lead, their largest of the match. The Altas slowly climbed back, but only came within three points, 17-14, before the Blazers stopped the bleeding and cruised to the win.
NCAA Season 93 Rookie of the Year and MVP Joebert Almodiel led the Altas with 17 markers, while middle blocker Ronniel Rosales managed 14.
Saint Benilde (2-2) take on the Arellano Chiefs (0-4) on Saturday at the same venue. Perpetual (1-4) face the University of the Philippines Maroons (2-2) also on Saturday.
CSB (3) – Abrot 19, De Sequera 14, Bacani 11, Basilan 10, Adviento 9, Magsino 4, Rojas 1, Almonte 0, San Miguel 0, Dumaran (L), Dy (L)
UPHSD (1) – Almodiel 17, Rosales 14, Ramos 10, Muhali 8, Ramirez 6, Casana 2, Baggayan 1, Atentar 0, Bation 0, Enarciso 0, Go (L), Isidro (L)