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San Beda Red Spikers deal Arellano first defeat in NCAA 95

After a sorry loss to the San Sebastian last Saturday, San Beda University bounced back, slamming Arellano University, 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-16, in the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Volleyball Tournament, Monday at FilOil Flying V Centre. 

Last year’s Best Opposite Hitter Jeffrey Losa once more paced the Red Spikers who zoomed to three wins and a loss. The winger finished with 18 points, 15 coming from attacks along with two blocks and a serve.

Middle blocker Abdurasad Nursiddik added 14 markers. He also led the net defense of San Beda despite the 7-10 disadvantage in blocks, producing three rejections.

“Siguro ‘yung mga bata kasi excited silang lumaban sa Arellano, lalo na nakalaban nila sa [Spikers’ Turf]. Kumbaga sabik silang manalo,” head coach Ariel Dela Cruz shared.

“Nag-adjust naman sa gusto kong play. Nakasunod naman sila, kaso ‘yung bagal lang. Pero pinakita naman nila ‘yung willingness nila.”

After dominating the first two sets, the Chiefs exposed the youth of the Red Spikers pushing the latter to commit most of its 27 errors in the tight third frame.

San Beda, however, ended the match out-hitting Arellano, 54-40, while decimating the latter’s defense with 10 service aces.

Christian Dela Paz led the Chiefs for the second straight game, finishing with 12 points all from attacks. Arellano slid to a 4-1 win-loss record.

San Beda will take on College of Saint Benilde (2-2) on Thursday, January 30 at 10 a.m. Arellano, on the other hand, will try to stop University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-0) the day before, Wednesday, January 29, also at 10 a.m.

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