San Beda College overcame Lyceum of the Philippines University’s opening set challenge to post a 29-27, 25-13, 25-14 victory on Monday grabbing a share of the lead in the women’s division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
Francesca Racraquin led her team with 11 hits while twins Nieza and Jiezela Viray combined for 16 points to help power the Red Spikers to their third victory that put them alongside defending champion College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian College.
Racraquin and the Virays stepped big in the first set when they had to parry every challenge launched by the Lady Pirates.
Arellano University, for its part, barged into the magic four as it beat Mapua Institute of Technology, 25-17, 25-8, 18-25, 25-18, with team captain Rialen Sante and Mary Anne Esquerra spearheading the charge with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
It was the Lady Chiefs’ second win in three starts, which was good for a share of No. 4 with Lyceum and Jose Rizal University.
In the men’s division, Arellano bested Mapua, 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, to gain solo lead with a 3-0 record.
John Joseph Cabillan fired 17 hits while Kevin Liberato and skipper Benrasid Latip contributed 15 and 13, respectively.
The Cardinals’ record fell to 2-2.