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MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Lady Patriots came away with a closely-fought 5 set victory over the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers, 25-19, 25-21, 15-25, 18-25, 16-14, on Sunday, August 9, at the San Juan Arena.
The victory gave the Lady Patriots claim to the final spot in the Shakey’s V-League 12 Collegiate Conference quarterfinals, and in the process eliminated the San Sebastian Lady Stags.
DLSU-Dasma, which ended its elimination round campaign tied with CSB with identical 2-3 records, was led by the 17 points of Mariebeth Lara, and 12 points of Desiree Dadang.
Iumi Yongco also played well by registering 11 points, while Cherry Rose Nunang pitched in 10 in the win.
The Lady Patriots looked en route to securing an easy victory after the first two sets, but the Lady Blazers turned the tables in the following two periods to set up a pivotal final set.
CSB looked like it was going to complete a come-from-behind victory when it went on top 11-8 in the fifth set, but errors – it finished with 40 total for the contest – allowed its opponents to storm back with a 4-0 run.
After both teams exchanged conversions, kills by Yongco and Lara secured the victory for their team.
Jannine Navarro led the Lady Blazers with 18 points while Jeanette Panaga finished with 16. Melanie Torres also played well, putting up 11 points.
DLSU-Dasma, CSB, NU, FEU, Arellano, UP, Ateneo, and UST will all play in the quarterfinal round.
DLSU-D (99) – Lara 17, Dadang 12, Yongco 11, Nunag 10, Delfin 9, Sy 5, Navidad 3
CSB (104) – Navarro 18, Panaga 16, Torres 11, Dolorito 7, Musa 6, Cheng 4, Austero 1, Ramos 1