SAN Beda University booked its first-ever NCAA women's volleyball finals appearance with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 win over Perpetual Help in the Final Four on Friday at The Arena in San Juan.
Nieza Viray finished with 16 points and nine digs for SBU, which started its women’s volleyball program in 2007.
“Proud ako sa mga bata kasi ‘yung paghihirap talaga nila, ‘yung struggle na dinaanan namin madami din so proud ako sa kanila,” said SBU coach Nemesio Gavino Jr.
SBU came from a three-point deficit in the third set, 17-20, before the Lady Red Spikers countered with a 6-1 spurt to take the lead, 23-21.
The Lady Altas tied the contest, 23-23, but Satrriani Espiritu pushed SBU at match point with a quick attack and a Jowie Albert Verzosa’s attack error sealed the win for the Mendiola-based squad.
“Well minindset ko naman sila nag-uumpisa pa lang ang third set hindi ‘yan ibibigay ng kalaban so kailangan namin talaga trabahuhin,” said Gavino.
“Kasi ‘yung kalaban do or die sila so talagang all out sila kaya lang ang mga players ko naka-ready rin sila sa ganoong sitwasyon,” he added.
Cesca Racraquin came up with nine points for SBU, while Jiezela Viray also added eight markers in a match that took an hour and 23 minutes to finish.
Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente finished with nine points apiece for UPH.