San Beda posts best start, secures at least a semis spot playoff
San Beda College dodged an upset attempt by Lyceum of the Philippines University in a five-set squeaker.
(FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
9:30 a.m. –- EAC vs. Mapua (m)
11:00 a.m. –- EAC vs. Mapua (w)
12:30 p.m. –- Letran vs. San Sebastian (w)
2:00 p.m. –- Letran vs. San Sebastian (m)
3:30 p.m. –- Letran vs. San Sebastian (jrs)
San Beda College wrote history by posting its best start in recent years after claiming its sixth straight win in as many games and securing at least a playoff for a semifinals spot in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition.
The victory came a lot sweeter for the Lady Red Spikers as they fought their way back from two sets down to outlast Lyceum of the Philippines University, 22-25, 19-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-7, in a morale-boosting win at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Wednesday.
SBC once again joined defending champion Arellano University at the top of the heap, making their battle on Friday a lot more interesting.
The Mendiola-based squad’s win surpassed the 5-0 start of the 2013 Lady Red Spikers then led by Janine Marciano and Ces Molina.
“Para samin achievement ‘yun, pero ‘di kami kuntento dun, gusto namin Finals,” said SBC coach Nemesio Gavino, whose wards escaped their second straight five-set match after squeaking past Letran last Monday.
“Kailangan talaga pag-usapan ang mga naging problema namin sa simula, correct ang errors sa ensayo, then prepare for Arellano,” he added.
Cesca Racraquin put up MVP numbers as the Season 92 Rookie of the Year pounded 20 attacks while adding six of the Lady Red Spikers’ 20 aces to finish with game-high 26 points.
The sophomore also anchored the squad’s floor defense with six excellent receptions for San Beda. Nieza Viray had 13 points while Trisha Paras and Jiezela Viray combined for 18 points for the Lady Red Spikers.
SBC opened the match sluggish, allowing the Lady Pirates to jump on them early.
But just like in their last match and their opening-day win over Jose Rizal University that also went into a decider, the Lady Red Spikers showed nerves of steel to dodge an upset.
“Pangit talaga ang start namin, ang mga bata hindi makagalaw,” said Gavino, who rued his team’s atrocious 40 errors. “Parang may dinadala pero pasalamat pa rin ako kasi sa third set nakabawi.”
LPU dropped their third straight match to slide at 1-5 record.
Monica Sevilla had 13 points while Christine Miralles and Bien Juanillo posted 11 and 10 markers, respectively, in a lost cause for the Lady Pirates.
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