We'll be back in the Finals next year -- San Beda skipper Racraquin
We’re claiming it now that next year we’ll be back here and get this (title). We’re gonna be out for vengeance -- San Beda skipper Cesca Racraquin
San Beda University ace Cesca Racraquin left the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Monday night with a vow to avenge the beating the Lady Red Spikers absorbed in their historic first championship appearance.
Payback will be the Mendiola-based squad’s battle cry for NCAA Season 94.
The Lady Red Spikers were beaten black and blue, 13-25, 27-29, 15-25, by the more experienced and grizzled veteran-laden Arellano University in Game 2 of the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball best-of-three championship series as the Lady Chiefs completed a back-to-back reign.
“I think because of this experience we’re gonna be better next year,” said the Lady Red Spikers captain, who held back her emotions when Arellano U celebrated its conquest as she consoled her sister libero Daryl Racraquin who was in tears after the painful defeat.
Racraquin was the only San Beda player in double figures with 13 points while adding 14 excellent receptions.
Holding her head up, Racraquin promised that the Lady Red Spikers will be back in the Finals next year to settle an unfinished business.
“We’re claiming it now that next year we’ll be back here and get this (title),” she said. “We’re gonna be out for vengeance.”
San Beda already made history after making it to the Finals for the first time since the school started its women’s volleyball program in 2007. The Lady Red Spikers were able to climb their second straight Final Four appearance and ended the elims with a team-best 8-1 win-loss record.
“I’m so proud of myself and my team kasi we worked hard for that. We’ve been in a lot of challenges throughout this season,” Racraquin said.
In spite of marching on unchartered territory, San Beda gave Arellano U a scare in the series opener Friday.
The Lady Red Spikers clawed their way out of a 0-2 hole to force a deciding set only to be outdueled by a seasoned Lady Chiefs side, 15-25, 16-25, 25-15, 25-22, 6-15.
Racraquin finished with 21 points, 23 excellent receptions and 21 digs in that loss.
Even after getting swept by Arellano U, Racraquin cherished the feat they made this year.
“Sobrang overwhelming din talaga para sa amin kasi first time ng Beda to eh, ever. Kahit noong nag-start ‘yung volleyball program sa Beda, this is the first time na pumasok talaga sa Finals so andoon ‘yung kaba, nandoon ‘yung pagkabago ng environment syempre sobrang daming tao mga ganyan, andaming factors,” she said. “Lahat kami overwhelmed pero happy naman. Happy kami lahat sobra and honored to be able to go to the Finals.”
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