(Photo from NCAA)
San Sebastian’s Grethcel 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 clinch their third straight title in the 91st NCAA beach volley tournament at the Boardwalk in Subic over the weekend.
Soltones went on to clinch her third straight women’s title whom she won by teaming up with Dangie Encarnacion while winning another MVP trophy on the side.
But it was the diminutive but big-hearted Eroa, a libero in the school’s indoor volley squad, who stepped up the biggest after she filled in the vacuum left by Encarnacion, who suffered a deep cut on the chin after a bad fall early in the elimination round.
Ironically, Encarnacion got the cut during the Lady Stags’ painful defeat to the Virays, leaving the door open for Eroa, who stepped in and blended well with Soltones in making the successful title run possible.
“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.
It also soothed the pain of the Lady Stags’ failed attempt at an indoor volleyball crown following a heartbreaking loss to eventual champion St. Benilde a month ago.
Soltones made sure she didn’t let this slip away.
“I guess we don’t want to lose again,” she said.
It was San Sebastian’s second title in beach volley after its high school team dethroned 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.
It was the second crown for the Junior Stags, who finished sixth last year, since they reigned supreme six seasons ago.
“The school is really proud of their accomplishments,” said Atty. Reynold Munsayac, San Sebastian’s NCAA Management Committee representative.