September 29, 2023

Benilde trounces FEU, clinches women's diadem

College of Saint Benilde mastered Far Eastern U as it nailed its first-ever V-League Women’s Collegiate Challenge title with an imposing 25-18, 25-19, 25-18 victory yesterday to complete a sweep of their best-of-three series at the Paco Arena in Manila.
"Every game here serves as part of an experience which we hope to add to our arsenal and bring into our next games in the NCAA. It just turned out that it resulted in a championship," said CSB assistant coach JP Martirez, whose wards finished second runner-up the last time out.
With senior Gayle Pascual on the firing end, the Lady Tamaraws pulled away from a tight 18-15 game in the third set as they won seven of the last 10 points points, highlighted by Pascual’s back-to-back kills.
Pascual finished with seven points on six attacks and one block and later took the Finals Most Valuable Player award.

Best Middle Blocker Zam Nolasco paced the Lady Blazers with 12 markers, five of them coming from blocks, while setter Clo Mondoñedo put up a 15-excellent set performance for CSB, which took the series' opener, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16.

Mitzi Panangin battled with Nolasco at the net and finished with 11 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who also drew nine markers from Chenie Tagaod.