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FEU stuns NCAA champion Benilde in Shakey's Super League opener; Perpetual, UE, UST post wins

Far Eastern University stunned NCAA Season 97 women's volleyball champion De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in a thriller, 25-20, 24-26, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11, to jumpstart its campaign in the Shakey's Super League Preseason Championship opening day on Saturday.

The Lady Blazers, who were bannered by Mycah Go, Gayle Pascual, and setter Cloanne Mondoñedo, were able to keep the Lady Tamaraws at bay and force a decider but the Morayta crew prevailed in the endgame.

The win gave debuting head coach Tina Salak her first win since taking over the reins from George Pascua.

Benilde head coach Jerry Yee, meanwhile, went 0-2 in the marathon opener that lasted until early Sunday as his other team, Adamson University, also fell to University of Santo Tomas in another five-setter, 25-20, 27-29, 15-25, 29-27, 15-10.

In the opening match, University of the East eked out a 31-33, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12 triumph over Mapua University with KC Cepada leading UE with 19 points off 16 attacks, two service aces, and one block.

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA has also taken care of its opening day assignment as it gutted out a 24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 27-25 win over fellow NCAA team San Beda University.

Mary Rhose Dapol starred for the Lady Altas as she finished with 17 markers anchored on 15 attacks and two aces while Shaila Omipon chipped in 13.

—JMB, GMA News