Lady Blazers beat Lady Knights, bag solo volleyball lead

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde scored a methodical 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Letran to wrest the solo lead in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 women’s volleyball tournament on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The Lady Blazers played a balanced offense with Chelsea Umali finishing with a team-high seven points, with Klarisa Abriam, Jade Gentapa and Michelle Gamit scoring six points each.

Marites Pablo, Mycah Go, Kaila Miranda added five points apiece and Christine Lim finished with 11 excellent digs for Saint Benilde which cruised to its third straight win.

Chamberlaine Cunada paced Letran with 15 points, while Julienne Castro contributed seven points. Julia Angeles had 25 excellent digs and 12 excellent reception and Marie Simboro finished with 14 excellent sets in the loss for the Lady Knights.

Mapua University, meanwhile, overcame a sluggish first set to edge Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 22-25, and grab its first win of the season.

The Lady Cardinals had 55 successful attacks out of 229 attempts over their opponents’ 47 of 214 attempts.

The match was marred by errors for both teams with the Lady Generals committing 36 errors, four more than the Lady Cardinals’ 32.

Lorraine Barias paced the Lady Cardinals with 20 points with 28 excellent digs, Angeline Magundayao added 10 points and two blocks and Wellamae Ortega had 21 excellent digs and nine excellent receptions.

Krizzia Reyes made 19 points and Cathetine Almazan chipped 11 points for the Lady Generals, who drew two aces, 24 excellent digs, and 16 excellent sets from Anne Formento.

Jayrah Mangaring finished with 28 excellent digs and 13 excellent receptions for EAC in the one-hour and 52-minute match.

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