CSB nears outright Finals seat

Jade Gentapa displayed her attacking prowess to power College of St. Benilde to a quick 25-14, 25-12, 25-18, mauling of University of Perpetual Help to move within a win for an outright Finals berth in the NCAA Season 97 women’s volleyball competition on Wednesday at the Paco Arena in Manila.,Gentapa hammered 13 spikes and had 2 kill blocks for 15 points while Cristy Ondangan added 11 markers for the Lady Blazers, whose eighth straight win gave the Taft-based squad a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.,CSB sets its eyes on completing the first elimination round sweep since the then Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College registered the feat in 2017 when the Lady Blazers take on defending champion Arellano University on Saturday.,Team captain Mycah Go and Gayle Pascual finished with nine points each for CSB, which grabbed victory in just 68 minutes.,The Lady Altas absorbed their sixth defeat in eight outings tied with Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College.,Janine Padua posted eight points for Perpetual.,Meanwhile, the Lady Knights snapped a three-game losing streak at the expense of Mapua University, 25-17, 25-21, 25-18, in the first game.,Jules Castro led the scoring parade for Letran, putting up 18 kills and a block for 19 points while Cha Cuñada had 14 markers and Edma Ann Musngi registered 14 excellent sets.,The loss was a major blow to Mapua.,The Lady Cardinals are now at solo fourth with 4-4 and are in a desperate position to win their last elimination game against EAC on Saturday to punch a ticket to the Final Four.,Should the Lady Cardinals win, they will gain an advantage in the semis derby over other pursuers like Lyceum of the Philippines University and Jose Rizal University, who fashion identical 3-4 records.,Jonina Mae Fernandez emerged as the top scorer for Mapua with nine points.