Lionesses claw Lady Bombers, climb to solo third spot
Mark Escarlote on Dec 05, 2016 03:11 PM
Francesca Racraquin of San Beda tests the defense of Jose Rizal University's Shola Alvarez.
San Beda bounced back mightily from its first setback of the season with a masterful crushing of the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-17, 25-12, 25-22, Monday to occupy the solo third spot in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan.
Francesca Racraquin blasted 10 kills in her total of 14 points while chipping in on the defensive end with 15 digs and 11 of the Lionesses total of 18 excellent receptions to get back on the winning track.
The Mendiola-based squad improved to 4-1 win-loss record to erase its 16-25, 13-25, 16-25, loss at the hands of unbeaten San Sebastian College last Thursday.
Satrianni Espiritu had 10 points while Criselle Amador and Nieza Viray combined for 12 markers for the Lionesses, who are behind SSC-R (4-0) and defending champion College of St. Benilde (4-0).
JRU dropped to its second straight defeat for a 2-3 record.
Shola Alvarez and Rosalie Pepito finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Lady Bombers.
Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help collected its second straight win in four games with a 25-15, 25-7, 25-19, demolition of Mapua Lady Cardinals.
Lourdes Clemente had 10 points while Cindy Imbo scored eight for the Las Pinas-based squad, which handed Mapua its fifth loss in as many games.
“We just [went] back to the basics. We focused on service receive and defensive pattern,” said Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar. “Of course, there’s a little adjustment on the set plays.”
Acaylar, whose squad suffered two straight losses to start the season, reminded his team during the match not to get too complacent despite their dominant second set.
“Sabi ko na wag naming i-underestimate ‘yung mga kalaban namin. Just keep on fighting,” he said.
Acaylar made it a double celebration for Perpetual after the Altas overpowered Mapua, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20.
Allan Jay Sala-an unloaded a match-best 13 hits including nine on kills while Kasim Esmail and Rey Taneo, Jr. scattered 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Altas, who tied College of St. Benilde Blazers at third to fourth with 3-1 slates.
Mapua fell tp 2-3 mark.
In the other men’s game, the Lions also made it a sweep for San Beda after defusing the Bombers 25-18, 25-14, 25-20, to take the solo second spot with a 4-1 card behind unbeaten Arellano University (4-0).
Limuel Patenio scored 11 points while Gerald Zabala and Mark Enciso had nine and eight markers, respectively.
JRU absorbed its fourth loss in five outings.
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