Lionesses roar to third win in a row
Mark Escarlote on Nov 28, 2016 04:13 PM
Francesca Racraquin (middle) of San Beda dropped 11 points to deliver the Lionesses' third straight victory.
San Beda College kept its unbeaten record intact to keep pace with favored squads in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lionesses roared to their third set win but not after facing a stiff resistance in the opening set against the Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 29-27, 25-13, 25-14, to share the early lead with last year’s finalists defending champion College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers and San Sebastian College Lady Stags.
Francesca Racraquin rocked the defense of the Lady Pirates with eight kills in her 11-point performance to lead the Mendiola-based squad, which took advantage of LPU’s disappointing 41 errors. Racraquin also contributed on the defensive end with seven digs and five excellent receptions.
Nieza Viray scored all but one of her nine points off attacks while twin sister Jiezela Viray had seven markers as the Lionesses stained the erstwhile perfect record of LPU in its third match.
The trio played big in the closing stretch of the first set to survive the challenge mounted by the Lady Pirates, who lost their morale in the next two frames after the devastating first set loss.
LPU tied idle Jose Rizal University and Arellano University, which downed the hapless Mapua Lady Cardinals, 25-17, 25-8, 18-25, 25-18, in the other women’s match of the day.
Skipper Rialen Sante led the charge with 14 points including 13 coming from vicious attacks while Mary Anne Esguerra had 12 markers for the Lady Chiefs’ second straight win after dropping a five-set match in their opening day assignment against SSC-R. The duo combined for 21 of AU’s total of 47 kills. Jovelyn Prado added nine points while Andrea Marzan got eight.
In the men's division, the Chiefs made it a twin victory after dismantling the Cardinals, 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, to grab the solo lead with a 3-0 record.
John Joseph Cabillan fired 17 hits while Kevin Liberato and skipper Benrasid Latip contributed 15 and 13 markers, respectively, to hand Mapua its second straight loss in four games.
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