Racraquin comes out rocking in PVL debut
ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2017 07:08 PM
Creamline Cool Smasher Francesca Racraquin prepares to receive the ball in this bit of action.
Aurea Francesca Racraquin, 20, could not believe the good things coming her way.
In her rookie year with San Beda College, she helped the Lady Red Spikers end many years of frustration by winning a spot in the NCAA Final Four last season.
This year she was handed a golden opportunity to play in the inaugural season of the Premier Volleyball League as a member of the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers. It was too good to ignore she readily seized the chance and much to her surprise, she even ended up as one of the now regular six starters of coach Tai Bundit of the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles fame.
In Creamline’s match against Perlas Lady Spikers, she submitted the third-highest scores among the Cool Smashers with eight points.
In three games so far in this trailblazing tournament in men’s and women’s volleyball organized by Sports Vision with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball, the five-foot-seven BS Psychology student from Bago Bantay, Quezon City, played throughout every match.
“I’m very thankful that coach Tai has so much trust in me even if I am only a rookie,” said Racraquin in Filipino. “I think I’m improving after every game in terms of confidence and skills. I am in awe of coach Tai and his training program. I am benefiting greatly from it. Whether Creamline wins the title or not, I will come out of the experience much, much better equipped for my second year in the NCAA next season.”
Fourth among five siblings, Racraquin said it also helps her game that she enjoys the full support of her family. Match after match, there are always at least two members of her family who will watch her play live from the gallery.
“It gives me added inspiration to know that my mom and an older brother are always around during all of my games.”
Since learning the sport as an 11-year-old, fourth grader in St. James College of Quezon City, she has since made several career moves.
After playing for three years for the University of the East in the high school division of the UAAP, she said yes to a recruiting scout from National University.
She later joined the De La Salle University Lady Spikers.
She didn’t stay long with either the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Spikers. Other than saying that she felt she wouldn’t get the playing time she wanted from the two teams, she didn’t elaborate on why she made yet another transfer to another school, to San Beda College this time around.
Any way you look at it now, she seems to have made the right decisions after all.
She has secured a position on the Red Spikers’ first team, an appearance in the NCAA Final Four last season, and, headiest of all, a spot on the Cool Smashers’ starting line-up with no less than Alyssa Valdez as teammate.
Racraquin admitted to an attack of nerves in the early goings of Creamline’s opening game against the Perlas Lady Spikers.
But the nervousness was gone after only a few plays.
“When I scored my first point on a spike and when I made a successful block the first time against a team composed of highly-regarded veterans, I started feeling relaxed and confident. Kaya ko pala,” she told herself.