NCAA Season 94 volleyball: San Beda marches back to the Final Four
Mark Escarlote on Jan 08, 2019 04:08 PM
San Beda University advanced to the Final Four for the third straight year. (FILE PHOTO)
San Beda University occupied the second Final Four seat after sweeping San Sebastian College, 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Red Spikers advanced to the semis for the third straight year to join defending two-time champion Arellano University.
Skipper Cesca Racraquin finished with 14 points off 12 attacks and two aces while adding seven excellent receptions for San Beda, which needed only 64 minutes to win their second in a row.
The Lady Red Spikers erased a 7-4 deficit early in the third set with a 9-2 rally to take back the control of the frame and send the Lady Stags reeling to their second straight defeat.
“Bago mag-umpisa ang game kanina sinabihan ko ang mga bata na i-secure namin ang Final Four, kailangan naming ipanalo ang game na ito and then saka namin isipin ang susunod na mangyayari,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino, whose squad will close its elims campaign against the Lady Chiefs next week.
“Di ko in-expect na ganyan ang mangyayari na straight sets,” added Gavino. “Siguro nagawa lang namin ng tama ang tini-training namin, nai-apply namin kaya nakuha namin ng madali ang game.”
Trisha Paras and Nieza Viray added nine markers while Lynne Matias tallied 29 excellent sets for the Mendiola-based squad.
SSC-R failed to recover from a straight sets loss to Jose Rizal University last week to start the new year as the Lady Stags slid to 4-3 mark. SSC-R is in danger of missing the semis cut for the second straight season.
Joyce Sta. Rita got nine points for the Lady Stags while Nikka Dalisay and Maryrhose Dapol scored eight and seven, respectively. The road for SSC-R will get bumpier as it will take on streaking College of St. Benilde on Friday before ending the elims against University of Perpetual Help next week.
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