CESCA Racraquin was determined to rejoin the San Beda Lady Red Spikers after missing two matches, and all the risk paid off.
Sidelined by a sore left knee and left ankle injury, Racraquin worked hard to be able to see action, helping San Beda notch its first win in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Saturday.
The Lady Red Spikers skipper had 18 points built on nine attacks and nine service aces to carry the team past the San Sebastian Lady Stags.
Aside from the firepower and great defensive effort of 15 excellent receptions out of 28 attempts, Racraquin provided the needed leadership for the struggling squad.
“Sobrang importante ito sa akin,” she said.
“Kasi for the past games namin na talo kami, I can see na walang silang leader sa loob and parang nasasaktan ako kasi ako yung leader nila tapos wala ako dun.”
“So today yun talaga ang focus ko, mag lead sa team namin para maging isa kami and ‘yun naman, nakatulong naman siya dun sa panalo namin today,” she added.
Aside from keeping their semifinals bid in the Collegiate Conference, Racraquin said that beating NCAA teams like San Sebastian was big boost.
“Parang we have one over them already kasi nanalo na kami in today’s game para pagdating ng (NCAA) meron silang, ‘Uy beda nanaman’ parang ganun, ‘yun ‘yung gusto namin iparamdam,” the former NCAA Rookie of the year said.