Benilde beats Letran in NCAA table tennis

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College of St. Benilde stunned Colegio de San Juan de Letran via a 3-1 decision in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 men’s table tennis tournament at the Letran Gym on Wednesday.

Benilde’s Ryan Jacolo and Erknight Benoya defeated Jehtro Gapas, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, and William Mañago, 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, in their respective singles matches.

Letran stayed alive after John Gonzales and Benjecer Lim survived Koby Cabrido and Yuta Tortosa, 11-7, 6-11, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, in the doubles match.

But Jacolo towed the Blazers to the victory following his 11-6, 14-16, 11-6, 11-8 win over Mañago in the reverse singles.


In the women’s division, San Beda College Red Lionesses swept third seed Arellano University Lady Chiefs, 3-0.

Red Lioness Lyr Leyva easily dispatched Christine Rojas in straight sets, 11-3, 11-5, 11-6, while reigning Most Valuable Player Beverly Paulma finished off April Herreria in the second singles, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6.

Angel Sanchez and Abhie Nuevo completed San Beda’s impressive showing with a 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 win over Lady Chiefs’ Rizzie de Leon and Jediael Bautista,

“They played well. Their confidence was different but intact, then they played humble. They were not pressured,” said San Beda head coach Kurt de Guzman.

Benilde will battle San Beda both in men and women’s divisions on Saturday at the same venue.

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