Racraquin sticks to positives in tough loss to Arellano in NCAA finals opener
Cesca Racraquin was quick to take blame after running out of steam in San Beda's loss to Arellano, but vowed to bounce back.

SAN Beda University skipper Cesca Racraquin urged her teammates not to get intimidated as they try to force a rubber match against defending champion Arellano University in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.

SBU put up a gallant stand against AU only to crumble late in the game, 15-25, 16-25, 25-15, 25-22, 6-15, in Game One of the best-of-three Finals on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.

Racraquin admitted that although they lost, they gained confidence heading into Game Two on Monday.

“Nakita namin na di naman namin kailangang matakot sa kanila kasi kaya naman namin silang i-dominate, kaya rin namin silang i-contain,” she said. 

“So sa next game namin, alam namin na dapat wala kaming takot sa kanila kasi tao lang rin sila. Yung ginagawa nila ginagawa rin namin,” Racraquin added.

The do-it-all team captain, though, was quick to take the blame in their fifth set collapse.

“I think nawalan kami ng reception. Sa akin personally kasi sa akin din ‘yun eh, pagod na rin,” she said. “Naano ko lang nu’ng huli, mga short ball nahihirapan na akong kunin kasi pagod na rin yung katawan.”

During the post-game huddle, Racraquin only had a few words to say to her teammates.

But she believed that those were enough to pump up their low morale.

“Sinabi ko sa kanila na tingnan niyo ang kalaban niyo, tingnan niyo yung nasa harap niyo. Papatalo ba kayo? Papasindak ba kayo sa mga nasa harapan niyo? Hindi di ba? Lumaban lang kayo,” said Racraquin who finished with 21 points, 21 digs and 23 excellent receptions for SBU.

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