After six days under the heat of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Women’s and Men’s Beach Volleyball teams dropped to 6th and 7th places, respectively, in the 92nd season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Beach Volleyball tournament last February 21 – 26.
Lady Blazers drop to 6th place
Coming from a podium finish of third place last season, Taft ladies Melanie Torres and Angela Enginco plummeted to 6th place with a 4-5 win-loss record. The Lady Blazers had a fair one win and one loss on the first two days of the competition but fell on two losses on the third day. Though they won a match against the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals on the fourth day, it wasn’t enough for the Blazers to qualify for the semifinals.
Meanwhile, the San Sebastian College (SSC) Lady Stags pulled off their fourth straight beach volleyball title with the help of Senior player Grethcel Soltones and Most Valuable Player Alyssa Eroa.
Men’s team slips to 7th place
Fresh from winning their historic first NCAA indoor volleyball title, the Blazers’ beach volleyball duo, Owen Bacani and Mark Deximo, failed to make it to the semifinals with a record of two wins and seven losses. Last season, the boys in green and white placed fifth.
The winning duo of brothers Relan and Ray Taneo Jr. handed the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas the school’s first men’s beach volleyball title after defeating the Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates.
The Blazers’ last beach volleyball championship was in Season 90 while the women’s team was in Season 82, when the College dominated in both divisions.