January 24, 2018, 9:44 am
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Lady Blazers turn tables on Lyceum

COLLEGE of St. Benilde fought back from two sets down to escape with a 22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13, 15-10 victory over Lyceum yesterday and forged a share of the lead with defending champion Arellano U in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

San Beda also gained a piece of the lead with a 28-26, 25-18, 29-26 win over Perpetual Help in the other game, with Maria Nezia Viray doing most of the damage with 20 points.

Klarisa Abriam and Rachel Anne Austero fired 18 and 16 points, respectively, while making crucial plays in the last three sets as the Lady Blazers, who routed the Letran Lady Knights 25-22, 25-11, 25-20 last week, completed a dramatic comeback to post their second straight win.

Marites Pablo, younger sister of Premier Volleyball League MVP Myla, and Ranya Musa scattered 12 and 11 hits to help the cause.

“The girls just didn’t give up,” said CSB coach Arnold Laniog.

Earlier, defending men’s champion CSB also nailed its second straight win by trouncing Lyceum 25-18, 25-22, 25-18.

In juniors’ play, CSB-La Salle Greenhills almost blew a two-set edge but showed tremendous poise in the fifth and final set to carve out a 25-23, 25-23, 15-25, 14-25, 9-15 triumph over Lyceum.
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