The University of the Philippines survived a resistant College of St. Benilde to strengthen their hold for a semifinals stint in the preliminary round of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference 2018.
Despite playing subpar to the standards of coach Godfrey Okumu, the Lady Maroons managed to eke out a 26-24, 27-25, 29-27 against the Lady Blazers yesterday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Veteran Isa Molde paved the way for the Diliman-based squad, who faced their former mentor Jerry Yee and playmaker Jewel Lai for the first time, with 15 kills and three aces for 18 hits laced with 11 digs.
Klarisa Abriam was the lone bright spot for CSB as she uncorked 20 markers on a losing effort.
With the loss, the skidding Lady Blazers dropped to a 1-4 card and is put on a must-win situation against a still hapless San Sebastian College on August 19.