The San Beda College Alabang (SBCA) Red Lions survived the Centro Escolar University (CEU) Scorpions, 25-23, 25-20, 25-27, 26-28, 15-12, in Game 2 of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) seniors’ volleyball finals at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Malate, Manila on Saturday.
The Red Lions took an early lead in the first two sets, 25-23, 25-20. But they committed 11 errors in the next set.
Down by seven points in the third set, 23-15, the CEU Scorpions completed a 3-0 run coming from Ana Patricia Rosario’s drop ball and Mary Christine Ellis Gan’s back-to-back service aces, 23-18.
Jimena Rose Fagara sent the ball to the net during her service, handing the lead to CEU, 25-26. Joyce Razel De Luna and Clariza Mae Martinez denied San Beda’s Ma. Bernadette Garces to snatch the third set from San Beda, 25-27.
In the fourth set, both teams went on a nip-and-tuck battle, having 11 deadlocks. CEU broke away from the Red Lions after Martinez blocked Niña Antonette Salaveria’s attack, 26-27. San Beda’s Charlene Martinez then committed a costly net error, 26-28.
San Beda did not look back and closed the last set with a block against Cherry Anne Oliver’s attack, 15-12.
“Our start was good. The players collapsed in the third set but I told them that it’s normal since we also watch that on TV. I also told them that let this serve as a challenge and a lesson so that we can bounce back. If we can’t rise to the occasion, we will lose this. We need to forget, pick up and at the same time, bounce back. We were there in the third set, fourth set but we just collapsed. We had the breaks and they had a stronger defense in the last set,” said San Beda Alabang head coach Ryan Sucaldito.
The red-and-white volleybelles, who last won the championship in 2013, claimed their second title.
CEU’s Oliver and Maria Angelica San Mateo received the Best Open Hitter and Best Setter awards, respectively.
San Beda’s Janne Paola Colcol was recognized as the Best Receiver, Salaveria as Best Server, and Salazar as Best Opposite Hitter. Fagara bagged the Best Middle Blocker and the Most Valuable Player plums.