SAN BEDA University remained in the Top Four range, scoring a 25-15, 25-16, 27-25 romp of winless Emilio Aguinaldo College yesterday in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Red Spikers checked a two-match slide to press their bid for a fourth consecutive Final Four appearance and a possible top two finish after the single-round eliminations.
“I’m happy na na-break yung slump and hopefully, tuluy-tuloy na,” said skipper Cesca Racraquin, who finished with 22 points, nine digs and seven receptions.
“Actually, kahit natalo kami ng last two games, sinasabi namin na huwag kayong mada-down, hindi pa naman tapos. We kept positive kahit na talo kami. Hindi namin dinamdam, alam na may chance kaming bumawi and today was that day na bumawi kami,” she added.
Now sporting a 4-2 record, San Beda moved half-a-game ahead of idle Letran (3-2) in the race for the last Final Four berth. The Mendiola-based squad is also seeking to catch up streaking University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and defending champion Arellano University, which are tied in second at 5-1.
“Kailangang talagang trabahuin yung mga remaining games,” said Lady Red Spikers mentor Mesio Gavino.
Later, Dolly Verzosa had 17 points and 10 digs while Sidney Niegos had three blocks for a 10-point outing as Jose Rizal University topped Mapua, 25-18, 25-18, 31-29 for its second straight win and third overall in seven matches.
The victory also kept the Lady Bombers’ hopes of making it to the next round via the backdoor as they are only one-and-a-half games out of the No. 4 spot.
Nieza Viray, whose match-clinching kill that closed out the extended third frame where San Beda played catch-up, added 13 points while Kim Manzano had two blocks to finish with seven points for San Beda.
The Lady Red Spikers will next face a well-rested Lady Altas, who are coming off a five-set win over the Lady Chiefs in a rematch of last year’s Finals, on Friday.
“I think it will come down on who wants it more. Friday is a good game,” said Racraquin.
Cathrine Almazan tallied 10 kills and 12 digs for the cellar-dwelling Lady Generals, who fell to 0-6.
The Lady Cardinals, meanwhile, have lost four in a row. With a 1-5 record overall, Mapua tied San Sebastian in eighth place.
In the men’s division, Joshua Miña had 24 points, 18 receptions and eight digs while Aaron Daduya and Danrich Melad had 17 and 14 points, respectively, as EAC joined Perpetual on top at 6-0 following a 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-19 conquest of San Beda.
In juniors action, Zandro Pasayloon scored all but one of his 23 points from spikes as San Beda dealt 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.
Action in the girls’ division Saturday at the Lyceum Gym saw Arellano defeating Perpetual, 25-14, 26-24, 25-9, for a 2-0 card, and San Sebastian besting LPU, 25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 25-19, to enter the win column.