San Beda clinches Final Four berth, snaps SSC-R's 4-win streak
Mark Escarlote on Jan 30, 2018 01:49 PM
San Beda College secured a Final Four berth for the second straight year.
(FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
8:00 a.m. –- EAC vs LPU (jrs)
9:30 a.m. –- EAC vs. LPU (m)
11:00 a.m. –- EAC vs. LPU (w)
12:30 p.m. –- JRU vs. Letran (w)
2:00 p.m. –- JRU vs. Letran (m)
San Beda College bounced back from a previous setback with a four-set victory over San Sebastian College, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, Tuesday to book a Final Four spot in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Red Spikers recovered from a straight sets beating they suffered at the hands of repeat-seeking Arellano University last Friday to get back in the win column for a 7-1 win-loss record tied with the Lady Chiefs at the top spot.
SBC advanced to the semis for the second straight year and moved into a good position to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
Cesca Racraquin fired 17 attacks including the match-clinching hit to finish with game-high 20 points for the Mendiola-based squad, who snapped the Lady Stags’ four-game winning streak.
Nieza Viray added 12 points while twin sister Jiezela Viray scored 10 for the Lady Red Spikers.
“'Yung motivation namin kasi, kailangan namin makabawi kasi 'yung pagkatalo namin sa Arellano, hindi naging maganda. So pampa-boost ng morale ito para mapasok kami ng Final 4,” said SBC coach Nemesio Gavino.
The Lady Spikers broke an 18-18 deadlock in the fourth set with a closing 7-0 blitz that saw SSC-R commit four errors and Racraquin racking up three points capped by a quick hit off Nikka Dalisay poor reception.
The Lady Stags dropped to 5-3 slate in a precarious position of missing the Final Four cut.
Skipper Joyce Sta. Rita had 16 points, Daurene Santos finished with 15 markers while graduating libero Alyssa Eroa saw her 23 digs and 15 excellent receptions go down the drain for the Lady Stags, who will close their elims campaign on Friday against Arellano U.
In men’s play, San Beda secured at least a semifinals spot playoff after hacking out a 25-19, 26-28, 26-24, 25-13, win over SSC-R.
Limuel Patenio had an all-around offensive game scoring 22 points off 14 attacks, seven kill blocks and an ace to lead the Red Spikers, who improved to 6-2 slate while burying the Stags to a 2-6 mark.
Meanwhile, the Red Cubs won their first match in six games after defeating the listless Staglets, 19-25, 25-15, 25-23, 28-26.
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