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Lady Red Spikers conquer Lady Blazers

In a rematch of the first round of thr NCAA Season 92 stepladder Final Four, the San Beda College Lady Red Spikers flipped the script on the Season 92 champions College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers and came away with a four-set win, 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

With Benilde having booted them from the Final Four in the NCAA, San Beda came in with a lot of motivation, according to their head coach Nemesio Gavino.

“Top 3 team ‘yan sa NCAA so alam namin kung gaanong kaimportante ‘yung laro na ‘to sa amin para lang sa preparation namin for NCAA,” Gavino mused.

The Lady Red Spikers built their win on consistent all-around offense, which the Lady Blazers lacked. In the NCAA, San Beda had habitually given up more errors than Benilde in their matches. In the PVL, the Lady Red Spikers limited their miscues to 31 compared to CSB’s 37.

San Beda, however, gave up a devastating loss in the third set and missed out on a golden opportunity for a straight-set win.

“Sakit na talaga ‘yan ng San Beda ever since,” said Gavino. “Kahit noong laban namin sa TIP. Siguro sa disiplina namin makukuha ‘yun. The more na mag-mature kami as a team, malilimita namin ‘yung mga ganitong pangyayare.”

NCAA Season 93 Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin provided 15 points for San Beda’s cause. One of the Viray twins, Nieza added 12 markers.

The Lady Red Spikers claimed their second win in three games.

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Middle hitter Ranya Musa towed CSB with 22 points. National University transferee Marites Pablo managed 12 markers for the Lady Blazers, who have yet to win a match.

The Scores

SBC (3) – Racraquin 15, Viray N. 12, Espiritu 8, Paras 8, Viray J. 7, Cuevas 3, Amador 1, Laguna 1, Baluarte 0, Manuel 0, Tannagan 0, Buno (L)

CSB (1) – Musa 22, Pablo 12, Daguil 7, Engico 5, Umali 4, Abriam 2, Austero 2, Ventura 2, Cardiente 0, Cui 0, Dolorito 0, Lim (L), Torres (L)

Written By

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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