by Kristel Satumbaga
College of St. Benilde survived a series of erratic plays in dealing Lyceum a 25-20, 18-25, 25-14, 25-18 defeat yesterday in NCAA women’s volleyball at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Lady Blazers struggled with 31 errors but pulled off the victory by compensating with sharp serves and strong attacks for their fifth win in six outings.
The victory earned St. Benilde a temporary share of second with San Beda, which is playing Letran at press time.
Rachel Austero and Klarisa Abriam spearheaded the Lady Blazers with 14 points apiece while merging for 23 of the team’s 47 attacks even as Marites Pablo chipped in 12 points that include six aces and four blocks.
Lyceum fell to its fifth defeat against two victories despite Alexandra Rafael and Cherilyn Sindayen finishing with 16 and 13 points.
St. Benilde also edged Lyceum in the men’s division, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, for a share of second with Arellano at 5-1. Joshua De Sequera and Francis Basilan scored 10 points each for the Blazers.
Lyceum slipped to 2-5 with Juvic Colonia posting 12 points.
In juniors play, Lyceum survived St. Benilde, 27-25, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 17-15, for 5-2.
Five players scored in double figures for the Junior Blazers with Arnel Aguilar erupting for 24 points, Christian De Castro pumping in 18 points, Joezer Cantos adding 15 points, and Christian Antonio and Jacob Herrera chipping in 13 and 12 points.