College of Saint Benilde (CSB) battered San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17, behind veterans Marites Pablo and Klarisa Abriam to regain a share of the lead in Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s volleyball tournament on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Pablo pumped in 11 points on eight hits, two aces and a block while skipper Abriam scattered 10 markers built on nine attacks to pace Lady Blazers’ balanced assault that propelled them to the top anew together with reigning champion Arellano University on a similar 5-0 record.

“As always, we’re just consistent on what we’re doing,” said CSB assistant coach Jay Chua.

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Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Mary Joy Onofre goes for a middle attack during the Lyceum-Emilio Aguinaldo College game of the Season 95 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. PHOTO BY ORVEN VERDOTE

“Our goal is to finish either first or second in the standings so that we’ll have a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four,” he added.

Rookie hitter Gayle Pascual chipped in eight points even as Jade Gentapa and Chelsea Umali added six and five markers, respectively, for the Taft-based squad.

All but one of the 11 players deployed by coach Jerry Yee contributed in the match that lasted for only 58 minutes.

No San Sebastian player reached the twin-digit mark as Reyann Cañete had eight points on six spikes, a block and an ace.

The Lady Stags fell to the brink of elimination with a horrendous 0-5 slate.

Earlier, Lyceum of the Philippines University crushed the lowly Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 25-18, 25-17, 25-15, for a second straight win.

Mary Joy Onofre poured 13 points while Monica Sevilla and Alexandra Rafael added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, as the Lady Pirates nabbed their first back-to-back triumphs jumped to No. 5 with a 2-3 card.

“So far, the morale of the players is high. I know that whoever we face, we have a big chance of winning,” said Lontoc, whose wards notched a fitting follow-up to their victory over Jose Rizal University last Saturday.

Catherine Almazan had 12 points and Lauren Cabrera had nine markers for the Lady Generals, who remained winless in four matches, extending their skid to 14 losses dating back to Season 93.

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