Red Lionesses parade two sets of interesting sisters
Going after experience in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, the San Beda Red Lionesses are looking forward to at least repeating their historic Final Four finish in the NCAA last season.
What happens when you have two sisters on a team?
Sparks of the argumentative kind are bound to fly between them possibly to the endless amusement of their teammates. Ask 20-year-old Ceska Racraquin and younger sister Daryl, 18.
“It’s much easier for me to argue with and scold my sister particularly when she commits an error during a game, which I can’t do to my other teammates,” says Ceska, the only one among coach Nemesio Gavino’s Red Lionesses who, suiting up for the Alyssa Valdez-led Creamline Cool Smashers, had taken part in both the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the ongoing Premier Volleyball League.
And now the Racraquins and a second set of sisters, twins actually, are representing San Beda in the season-ending Collegiate Conference of the PVL, a joint undertaking of Sports Vision as organizer, Asics as official league partner, and Mikasa as official game ball.
“We always argue in a healthy way,” she repeats while Daryl giggles gleefully in the background. “Our parents have raised us as individuals, not as sister to each other, free to voice out our opinions. We may be seen as always disagreeing, but wait till you hear the twins in our lineup.”
Ceska is referring to 18-year-old twins Nieza and Jiezela Viray who she says are always at each other’s throat. “Grabe kung mag-away. Natatawa na lang kaming lahat.”
No pressure at all
Ceska, fourth among five siblings and a BS Psychology student from Bago Bantay, Quezon City, is not pressured by her teammates’ high expectations of her being the most experienced of the lot but not necessarily the oldest.
“No pressure there at all, but I make sure I do my work on the court. As it is, my teammates turn out to be doing theirs as well.”
The numbers in the Red Lionesses’ won first game against the Lady Engineers of Technological Institute of the Philippines corroborated Ceska’s assessment. With 19 points, Ceska led three other teammates who scored in double figures (Satrriani Espiritu 18, Jiezela 15, and Nieza 10).
San Beda had a strong start in each set before sputtering into a 22-25, 21-25, 18-25 setback to NCAA champion Arellano University, leading coach Gavino to describe his team as “…lacking finishing.”
Overall though, he was quite satisfied with the Red Lionesses’ showing so far. As of Monday, they were touting a 1-1 win-loss card in Group B play paced by Adamson (2-0) and Arellano (2-1).
Completing the group are University of the Philippines (1-2), College of St. Benilde (0-1), and TIP (2-0).
The San Beda lineup: Rebecca Anjeannette Cuevas, China Tannagan, Criselle Angeline Amador, Daryl Sigrid Racraquin, Justin Marie Buno, Ma. Nieza Viray, Satrriani Espiritu, Daisy Marie Manuel, Nicole Diana Laguna, Trisha Mae Paras, Pham Garcia, Ma. Jiezela Viray, Joycee Baluarte, and Aurea Francesca Racraquin.
The coaching staff: James Sy, team manager; Nemesio Gavino Jr., head coach; Richard Cuevas, asst. coach; Joshua Noda, trainer; and Lynne Matias, trainer’ therapist.