College of St. Benilde continued its winning ways with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-9 victory over Jose Rizal University (JRU) Sunday to keep its record pristine and punch a Final Four ticket in NCAA women’s volleyball at the Paco Arena in Manila.
After a dominating start, the Lady Blazers survived a close second-set encounter before fully stepping on the gas in the third to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Jade Gentapa spearheaded the assault with 16 points including 14 attacks while Michelle Gamit chipped in 12 points off seven kills, four aces and one block for St. Benilde, whose straight set victory was also its sixth in seven outings.
“Pinaghirapan pa rin namin yung panalo namin,” said skipper Mycah Go of their lopsided victory.
Go also said they needed to work harder in the third after their second-set performance where the Lady Bombers kept the game close before losing steam in the crunch.
“Nung second set, nag-relax kami. So inisip lang namin yung palaging reminder ni coach na huwag kaming magpaka-complacent sa laro kasi hindi pa tapos, kaya binuhos na namin sa third set,” Go said.
Indeed, the Lady Blazers displayed their blistering offensive performance by taking a quick 4-1 and 10-3 lead.
They pulled away from an 11-6 advantage by scoring seven straight points courtesy of Cristy Ondangan and Go for 19-6 and never looked back.
Go, Ondangan and Jhasmin Pascual finished with seven points apiece for the Lady Blazers as Cloanne Mondonedo distributed the ball well and finished with 18 excellent sets.
JRU, which had a chance to snatch the momentum in the second but failed, slipped to its fourth loss against three wins.
Renesa Melgar and Dolly Verzosa scored seven points each for the Lady Bombers, who converted only 25 kills compared to St. Benilde’s 44 in the 61-minute contest.