Lady Blazers bow out of NCAA volleyball semifinals contention

Lady Blazers bow out of NCAA volleyball semifinals contention

The College’s women’s volleyball team exited the NCAA volleyball race after being defeated by the UPHSD Altas, making the Lady Blazers settle for fifth place.

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Lady Blazers ended their National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Season 93 journey in fifth place at the hands of the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Altas last Tuesday, February 6, at the Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan. Meanwhile, the men’s team paved the way for the Altas to advance to the finals.

The Lady Blazers failed to make the semis cut after losing 3-1 against the Lady Altas to decide who completes for the final four roster. Led by Diane Ventura, who scored a total of 14 points, and veteran player Ranya Musa, who had 13 points of her own, the Taft squad managed to steal the third set from the Altas. However, their efforts weren’t enough to secure themselves a ticket to the semi-finals (25-27, 23-25, 25-11, 30-32).

Meanwhile, in the men’s tournament, the Blazers failed to defend their crown against their previous season’s rival. The boys of Perpetual managed to outlast the defending champs in a thrilling five-set match (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 9-15) booking themselves a back-to-back appearance in the finals.

Blazers Mark Orian managed to convert 14 of his 19 markers from spikes, while team captain Isaah Arda, along with Francis Basilan, contributed 15 and 13 points for the Taft squad respectively. However, Blazers’ double-digit scoring was still not enough to surpass Perpetual’s Joebert Almodiel who had 23 points, together with his teammates who scored double digits of their own.

The Blazers’ loss puts the boys in a deciding match against the San Beda University (formerly San Beda College) Red Lions.

Set scores:

M – (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 9-15)
W – (25-27, 23-25, 25-11, 30-32)

Photos by Kyle Bustos and Mac Ypon


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