THEY came into NCAA Season 92 Women’s Volleyball tournament with a modest goal. To make the Final Four.
They’ve since surprised the experts with back-to-back resounding victories over powerhouse teams.
The Lady Red Spikers defeated the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Lady Altas in four sets, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, and 25-21.
This after an equally impressive victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 27-25, 25-17, 25-22.
Against Emilio Aguinaldo Chesca Racraquin unleashed 20 points, 19 from attacks, to lead her squad. Team captain and setter Becca Cuevas orchestrated the San Beda attack with 35 excellent sets.
Racraquin again topscored for the Bedans against Perpetual with 14 points off 12 attacks. Nieza Viray added 11. Rebecca Cuevas produced 28 excellent sets.
The victory over the Lady Generals made everyone sit up and watch. The victory over perennial title contender Perpetual Help have the other top teams worried and experts picking the Lady Red Spikers as title contenders.
The hard-earned victory over Perpetual showed the composure of the Lady Red Spikers.
The Lady Altas started slow and committed unforced errors as the Bedans posted a 17-13. Perpetual scored off tips and blocks, but could not execute their power game off spikes. SBC on the other hand was humming as the Lady Spikers nailed down-the-line and through-the-block smashes by Racraquin and Viray. San Beda eventually won, 25-19.
The Lady Altas came roaring back in the second set to equalize through a 25-20 victory. The Lady Red Spikers were not disheartened as they went on to post a 25-21 victory in the third to go up 2-1.
Both squads played with composure in the fourth as neither team could pull away. The Perps actually took a two-point lead, 19-17. But they couldn’t contain the attacks by the Lady Red Spikers who unloaded an 8-2 scoring spree capped by a vicious Racraquin down-the-line smash. San Beda won the set 25-20 to prevail 3-1 in four sets.
The ever-demanding San Beda head coach Nemesio Gavino could only speak about their lost second set which prevented his team from scoring a sweep.
San Beda (2-0) will look to go up 3-0 against a relatively lightweight Lyceum Lady Pirates tomorrow Monday, November 28.
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