San Beda roars for fourth straight win, rises to joint first

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 19, 2018 01:31 PM
San Beda roars for fourth straight win, rises to joint first
Cesca Racraquin and San Beda remain unscathed in the NCAA 93 Women's Volleyball Tournament

San Beda College still isn’t letting defending champion Arellano University out of its sights in the NCAA 93 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

Leaning on Cesca Racraquin as always, while also drawing timely contributions from Nieza Viray and Trisha Paras, the Lady Red Spikers added to the woes of winless Mapua University in four sets, 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, and 25-15 on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Racraquin dropped 19 points, all but two hammered down from spikes to power her team into taking control from the get-go.

However, San Beda grew complacent in the third and allowed the Lady Cadinals to steal the set before Racraquin and Paras settled them down just in time to end the match in the fourth.

Paras scored 13 points while Viray did most of her damage from the service line, hitting five aces for a total of 14 markers

Behind that team effort, the Lady Red Spikers marched forward to a fourth consecutive victory to start the season – good for a share of the league lead.

With sluggish starts from San Sebastian College-Recoletos and College of St. Benilde, it has been the Mendiola-based squad which has emerged as the top challenger for the Lady Chiefs with the two teams both sporting 4-0 records.

San Beda has more chances to prove itself as it takes on Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Lyceum of the Philippines University before a showdown with Arellano on January 26.

In the men’s game, San Beda also got the better of Mapua in four sets, 25-18, 28-26, 26-28, and 25-20.

Mark Enciso was unstoppable at the net with 25 points, 22 coming from spikes and two coming from blocks. Limuel Patenio and Adrian Viray chipped in 14 and 13 markers, respectively, of their own.

The Intramuros-based squad put up a good fight in the extended second and third sets, but the Red Spikers’ strong start and finish was more than enough to boost them onto a 3-1 standing.

With their respective losses, the Lady Cardinals dropped to 0-4 while the Cardinals dropped to 2-2.


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