SAN Sebastian's Gretcel Soltones and Alyssa Eroa pulled off a vengeful 14-21, 21-9, 15-6 victory over San Beda twins Maria Jeziela and Maria Nieza Viray to claim the NCAA women’s beach volleyball title on Sunday at the Boardwalk in Subic.
Eroa, a libero in the school's indoor volley squad, stepped up after Dangie Encarnacion suffered a deep cut on the chin after a bad fall during the Lady Stags' painful defeat to the Virays early in the elimination round.
"We wouldn't have done it without her, she was really an important part of this championship," said Soltones of Eroa.
It was San Sebastian's third straight championship and a league-best sixth title.
Soltones was determined to bag the title after San Sebastian lost in the indoor volleyball finals to St. Benilde.
"I guess we don't want to lose again," she said.
Soltones and Eroa made it a double celebration for San Sebastian, which won the high school title by toppling last year's titlist Emilio Aguinaldo with a 20-22, 21-19, 15-13 win.
San Sebastian's Romeo Teodones, Jr. won the juniors MVP.
"The school is really proud of their accomplishments," said Atty. Reynold Munsayac, San Sebastian's NCAA Management Committee representative.