CSB, San Beda take early lead in NCAA 91 Beach Volleyball
Anton Roxas on Feb 11, 2016 10:00 AM
CSB and San Beda College took the early lead of the NCAA Season 91 women's beach volleyball tournament with identical 2-0 records after the first day of competition.
The NCAA Season 91 Beach Volleyball tournament fired off with total of thirty matches held on the first day on Wednesday at the beach at Boardwalk, Subic Bay in Olongapo.
Eighty-seven student athletes from the ten participating NCAA schools make up the competition which features three divisions: Juniors, Women and Men. This year’s tournament is hosted by Jose Rizal University.
In the women’s division, the College of St. Benilde and San Beda College took the early lead in the team standings after remaining unbeaten with identical 2-0 records.
The Lady Blazers, who are represented by Janine Navarro and Melanie Torres, defeated LPU, 2-1 and Mapǔa Institute of Technology, 2-0.
Meanwhile, Red Lionesses Rebecca Anjanette Cuevas and Maria Jeziela Viray prevailed over the University of Perpetual Help, 2-1 and San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 2-1.
SSC-R is the two-time champion in the women’s division.
In 2014, the tandem of Grethcel Soltones and Czarina Berbano took home the title. Last year, Soltones defended the crown with Bea Uy. This season, Soltones is trying to win a third straight championship with Dangie Encarnacion and reserve player Alyssa Eroa.
After winning their first match against JRU, 2-1, the defending champions fell to SBC despite winning the opening set, 21-10. SBC’s Cuevas and Viray won set two, 22-20 and three, 15-13. Earlier, the Lady Stags suffered a setback as Encarnacion wounded her lower lip while accidentally running into the net. Because of this Eroa had to step up and replace Encarnacion.
Aside from SSC-R, the other teams that also have 1-1 win-loss records are Emilio Aguinaldo College, JRU, LPU, MIT and UPHSD. Only Arellano University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran remained winless at 0-2 after the first day of the competition.
Over in the men’s division, CSB, LPU, MIT and UPHSD all finished the day unbeaten with respective 2-0 records. AU and EAC ended the day with a win and a loss apiece while CSJL, JRU, SBC and SSC-R remained winless with identical 0-2 win-loss cards.
The Blazers are the defending champions of the tournament and are represented this year by Isaah O’Neal Arda, Racmade Etrone and reserve Marx Deximo.
Finally, in the juniors division, defending champion EAC remained unscathed after two matches. They are joined at the top of the team standings by AU and UPHSD. CSJL, SSC-R and LPU split their two matches while SBC finished the day at 1-2. CSB lost both their matches as JRU sits at the bottom of the team standings after losing all of their three matches.
The NCAA Season 91 Beach Volleyball tournament resumes Thursday all the way up to Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the sand courts at Boardwalk, Subic Bay. Coverage of the Finals will be aired on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.