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CSB Lady Blazers take solo lead in NCAA 95 after rout of Letran


College of St. Benilde stayed unbeaten in the NCAA Season 95 Women’s Volleyball Tournament after belting the Colegio de San Juan de Letran with a straight-set whipping, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15, Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The Lady Blazers fielded all but one player in the dominant conquest of the Lady Knights, leaning on a balanced offensive thrust to keep their record pristine at 3-0.

“Sinasabi lang naman ni coach Jerry [Yee], sinasabi lang namin sa mga players na per game ang focus namin. Dapat give lang ng one-hundred-percent namin,” Lady Blazers assistant coach Jay Chua said.

“Sa team naman namin may Team One at Team Two kami na ginagamit. Ang gusto lang naman namin lahat sila mag-contribute,” he added.

Chelsea Umali led the way for St. Benilde, putting up seven points built on five attacks, a block, and an ace. The reliable troika of Michelle Gamit, Jade Gentapa, and Klarisa Abriam supplemented six markers each.

Meanwhile, rookies Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go, who shouldered a bulk of the team’s offense in the first two matches, contributed five points apiece. Kaila Miranda and Marites Pablo chimed in five markers each as well.

St. Benilde playmaker Jewel Lai churned out the offense, fanning out 15 excellent sets.

The Lady Blazers edged Letran on all fronts, mounting a 39 to 28 differential in attacks, while dominating in blocks (5-3) and aces (8-3).

On the other hand, the Lady Knights could not capitalize on their triumphant opener at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College three days ago.

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Chamberlaine Cunada topped the charts with 15 points. She carried the scoring load for the Lady Knights, who struggled to minimize their errors, squandering 23 errors to St. Benilde’s 19.

Julienne Castro managed seven markers, while Daisy Melendres had four. Letran captain Charm Simborio finished with 14 excellent sets laced with two points.

St. Benilde will look to keep its slate immaculate when it takes on Emilio Aguinaldo College on Thursday, January 23. Meanwhile, Letran will try to snap out of its funk when it faces San Beda on Friday, January 24. Both matches will be played at the same venue.

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