San Beda College and Lyceum of the Philippines University gun for a share of the lead with defending champion College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian as the two collide today in the women’s division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Red Spikers downed the Emilio Aguinaldo Lady Generals, 27-25, 25-17, 25-22, on November 14 and Perpetual Help Lady Altas, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, on November 20 while the Lady Pirates edged the Letran Lady Knights, 21-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 15-10, on November 14 and Jose Rizal Lady Bombers, 25-23, 25-10, 25-21, last week to zoom to joint third.
The winner of the San Beda-Lyceum duel at 11:30 a.m. will join St. Benilde and San Sebastian at the helm.
San Beda, which has gained a lot from its Shakey’s V-League experience early this year, drew strength from the power-spiking Francesca Racraquin, currently eighth in the league in scoring with an average of 17 hits a game.
Czarina Pauline Orros and La Rainne Fabay have been the heart and soul of Lyceum’s attack and have averaged 13 and 11 points, respectively, and should step up again with hopes to helping their team to stay unscathed.
Meanwhile, Arellano University seeks to stay at the helm as it squares off with dangerous Mapua in the men’s side.
The Chiefs are currently tied with the idle San Beda Lions with two wins apiece.
Arellano’s wins came at the expense of San Sebastian, 25-16, 25-20, 25-12, on Nov. 16 and Emilio Aguinaldo, 25-21, 25-22, 25-13, respectively, and a win in their 8:30 a.m. duel with Mapua, which has a 2-1 (win-loss) mark.
In juniors’ action, San Beda (0-2) battle Lyceum (1-0).