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#NCAA99: Benilde Blazers settle for 5th; Lady Blazers finish in 7th place in Beach Volleyball Tournament

The #BenildeBlazers missed out on a final four berth after dropping their opening match, while the #LadyBlazers swept the final day of eliminations of the NCAA Season 99 Beach Volleyball Tournament.

By Kobe Balderas | Monday, 29 January 2024

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) women's beach volleyball team dominated the final day of eliminations, while the men’s beach volleyball team narrowly missed out on a final four berth in the fourth day of the NCAA Season 99 Beach Volleyball tournament on Jan. 27 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Sports Complex.


The opening matches for both Taft squads were against the Mapua University (MU) Beach Volleyball Team. The Benilde Blazers were seeking a final four berth but they had to go through the Cardinals first. After a 5-2 record in the first three days, the duo of Harold Marasigan and Leonard Jaboli went on a slump to open the fourth day of eliminations. Despite valiant efforts by the men in green and white, the Cardinals proved to be too overwhelming for the Taft squad, handing them their first loss of the day and potentially shutting down the possibility of making it to the final four, 0-2.


On the other hand, the Lady Blazers faced the Lady Cardinals for their opening match. Despite not winning a single game after the first day, the Taft squad remained optimistic and made sure to secure a win in the final day of eliminations. The ladies in green and white swept the Lady Cardinals to claim their second win of the tournament, 2-0.


For their afternoon matches, the Taft squads were set to face the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Beach Volleyball Team. The duo of Marasigan and Jaboli made sure to secure another win, as they dominated the Pirates, 2-0.


Lastly, the Lady Blazers were set to face the Lady Pirates. The ladies in green and white continued their winning momentum from their morning match, displaying another dominant performance over the Lady Pirates. The duo of Angelika Mondejar and Doreen Baguio put on a valiant combined effort to close out their campaign, sweeping the Lady Pirates, 2-0.


Despite tallying a win-loss record of 6-3 and tying the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers, the Benilde Blazers missed out on a final four spot due to the quotient system, ruling the Blazers fifth in the standings. The Lady Blazers, on the other hand, finished the tournament in seventh place with a win-loss record of 3-6.

Tags: NCAA 99