Mapúa formally hands over NCAA hosting to San Beda for Season 92

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[L-R] NCAA incoming Management Committee Chair Mr. Jose Mari Lacson, San Beda’s Rector and NCAA incoming president Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB, Mapúa president and CEO Dr. Reynaldo Vea, and outgoing NCAA ManCom chair Mr. Melchor Divina pose for the ceremonial turn-over of the NCAA flag.

Last April 6, Mapúa Institute of Technology formally handed over to San Beda College the hosting of the 92nd season of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

According to former NCAA Management Committee chair and head of Mapúa’s athletics department Melchor Divina, it was an honor to host the previous season. Mapúa was the host of the 91st season of the NCAA wherein the Mapúa Cardinals was able to enter the Final Four of the seniors’ basketball tournament. The season also marked Mapúa’s first championship trophy for beach volleyball.

Mapúa President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea congratulated the 10 schools who participated in the games for the success of the previous season adding that the NCAA continues to get stronger through the years.

“The NCAA continues to be innovative. We increased from eight to ten members, which is quite a bold move for NCAA to improve the league. We are also improving the character of the games and the overall strength of the league,” said Dr. Vea.

Meanwhile, the Atoy Co-led Cardinals are preparing for a more rigorous season.

According to CJ Isit, one of the key players of the Cardinals, the team aims for the championship title for Season 92, making sure that they will perform well on and off the court.

“We are embracing the challenge to step up our game. The team has definitely been given a bigger opportunity,” Isit said. He added that he sees the Cardinals to be more cohesive come Season 92.

The Mapúa Cardinals will be participating in the Filoil Flying V Preseason tournament this month. In March, the team participated in several exhibition games in Taiwan.