SSC batters Beda in NCAA women’s volley

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Reigning Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones bounced back from a lethargic game last time as she powered San Sebastian College (SSC) to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 demolition of San Beda College on Thursday to seize a share of the lead with defending champion College of St. Benilde in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The power-hitting Soltones unloaded a match best 21 hits, 20 of which came on spikes, as the Lady Stags clinched their fourth straight victory to catch up on the Lady Blazers at the helm.

Soltones, who was averaging 17 points entering the game, was coming off an 11-point effort in a 28-26, 25-14, 24-26, 24-26, 15-7 escape win over a pesky Colegio de San Juan de Letran last week but was on attack mode this time.

“The last game was a wake up call and the team vowed to come back strong,” said San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb.

Francesca Racraquin paced the Red Spikers with 11 but they just didn’t have an answer to Soltones, who was on attack mode all game.

San Beda fell to its first defeat after winning its first three outings.

Earlier, San Beda overpowered San Sebastian, 25-13, 25-23, 25-17, to zoom to joint second with St. Benilde on 3-1 (win-loss) record.

In juniors’ action, San Beda turned back San Sebastian, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23, to nail its first win in four games.

The Staglets’ record fell to 0-3.

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