By Waylon Galvez
Games Tuesday (The Arena, San Juan)
8:30 a.m. – Arellano vs Letran (Junior’s)
10 a.m. – Arellano vs Letran (Men’s)
12 noon – Arellano vs Letran (Women’s)
San Beda University snapped a two-game losing skid by beating Emilio Aguinaldo College 25-15, 25-16, 27-25 to improve its playoff bid in the NCAA Season 95 volleyball Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
Veteran player Cesca Racraquin collected 22 points, three service aces, nine digs and seven receptions to power the Lady Red Spikers, who moved up to solo fourth with a 4-2 card – half a game ahead of the Letran Lady Knights (3-2).
“I’m happy na na-break yung slump, and nakabalik kami uli sa panalo. Hopefully tuloy-tuloy na. Palapit na din tayo sa playoffs so talagang every game is crucial, every win is important,” said Racraquin.
Nieza Viray contributed 13 points, including the match-clinching kill that closed out the extended third frame, while Kim Manzano had two blocks to finish with seven points for the Lady Red Spikers.
Aside from moving up to solo fourth, the Lady Red Spikers also kept within reach of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and defending champion Arellano University, tied for second to third places with similar 5-1 cards.
SBU mentor Mesio Gavino said it’s important for them to go all out in their final three games to avoid complications in their final four bid.
“Kailangang talagang trabahuin yung mga remaining games,” said Gavino, whose team’s
last three games are against Perpetual Help on Friday, Mapua on Feb. 11 and Lyceum of the Philippines University on Feb. 14 also at The Arena.
Cathrine Almazan had 10 points and 12 digs for the Lady Generals, who fell to 0-6.
In the men’s division, Joshua Miña came through with 24 points, 18 receptions and eight digs as EAC joined Perpetual Help on top of the standings with identical 6-0 slates following a 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-19 win over San Beda.
In juniors action, Zandro Pasayloon scored all but one of his 23 points from spikes as San Beda handed EAC its first loss of the season while improving its own record to 4-2 with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17 victory.