San Beda snaps skid, overwhelms EAC


    SAN Beda University took the lessons it learned from its recent woes to heart and put them to good use against lowly Emilio Aguinaldo College yesterday.

    The Lady Red Spikers downed the Lady Generals 25-15, 25-16, 27-25 for their fourth win and gained solo fourth in the 95th NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    Outside hitter and skipper Cesca Racraquin came through with a match-high 22 points on 18 attacks and three service aces, while Nieza Viray added 17 markers.

    Kimberly Manzano and Trisha Paras also combined for 14 points, while setter Lynne Matias had 19 excellent sets for San Beda, which snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 4-2.

    EAC remained winless in six outings and 15 overall dating back to last season.

    In the other match, Jose Rizal University blasted Mapua University 25-18, 25-18, 31-29 for its second straight victory.

    Team captain Dolly Grace Verzosa scattered 17 points off 15 spikes, while Sydney Niegos had 10 hits as the Lady Bombers rose to 3-4 for sixth.

    The Lady Cardinals slipped to 1-5 in a tie with San Sebastian College.

    “Medyo nakabawi kami kasi galing kami sa dalawang magkasunod na talo. Kinausap ko iyong seniors, lalo na iyong mga last playing year na nila. Kailangan lang trabahuin and kailangan hindi dito matapos (their careers),” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino Jr.

    Added the 5-foot-7 Racraquin: “Actually, kahit naman natalo kami noong last two games, ang sinasabi lang ng coaches namin ay huwag kaming mado-down because hindi pa naman tapos ang season and losses mean marami pa kaming butas na dapat punan sa team namin.”