NCAA Season 94 volleyball: San Beda survives early challenge
Mark Escarlote on Nov 23, 2018 05:53 PM
San Beda University survived a five-set duel against University of Perpetual Help in a rematch of last year's Final Four.
San Beda University came back from six-points down in the fourth set before holding off University of Perpetual Help’s fight back in the closing stretch of the decider to eke out a 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12 win Friday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Red Spikers held off the Lady Altas' last push in the deciding frame after San Beda went up, 13-9, to reassert their mastery over their Final Four victim last year.
“Malaking bagay sa amin (ang ganitong laro) kasi unang-una ‘yung character ng team nakita kaagad, pinakita ‘yung pagiging San Beda talaga nila,” said head coach Nemesio Gavina.
Nieza Viray led the Lady Red Spikers with 24 points, with all but one coming off attacks while adding eight excellent receptions. Cesca Racraquin finished with 14 points off 10 kills and four aces, while Sattriani Espiritu and Jiezela Viray chipped in nine markers each for the Mendiola-based squad.
After stealing the fourth set with an amazing rally from a 10-16 deficit, San Beda dictated the tempo early in the deciding frame and went up 10-6. The Lady Altas mounted a comeback behind Cindy Imbo to close the gap, 13-12.
But a costly attack error by Jhona Rosal gave San Beda the match point advantage before Racraquin sealed the two-hour, 19-minute match with an ace.
Imbo saw her all-around effort for Perpetual, which gave away 44 errors includin four of San Beda's last five points in the fifth set, go down the drain.
Imbo waxed-hot with 25 points built on 19 kills, five aces and a kill block while tallying 31 digs for the Lady Altas while Blanca Tripoli and Shyra Umandal finished with 15 and 10 markers, respectively.
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