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UAAP S86 First Semester Round-Up: UST athletes deliver under the spotlight

3 min readAs the winningest school in UAAP history, the Tigers have expected nothing short of glorious performances throughout the season.
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Published 5 months ago on December 30, 2023

by Adriann R. Ancheta, Rob Andrew Dongiapon, Christian David Ruiz, Jerome Anhag

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The UAAP Season 86 so far has provided a number of memorable moments for the UST athletes. From the hardwood of arenas to the sands at the bay, Thomasians delivered glory for the University in the first semester of the UAAP.

Currently, UST leads the general championship race with seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals after 19 sporting events. At this rate, UST is on pace to reach its 47th UAAP general title at the senior level.

As the winningest school in UAAP history, the Tigers have expected nothing short of glorious performances throughout the season. Here are some of the highlights so far:

Growling Tigresses create history

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(Photo by Neiro Villaescusa/TomasinoWeb)

HERstory.

The Growling Tigresses made history after winning the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Basketball Championship and stealing the crown from the eight-peat-seeking NU Lady Bulldogs on Dec. 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

It was a tight race between UST and NU. The battle for gold even went to game three before the streak-busters finally brought back the crown from Jhocson to España.

This was the Tigresses’ first championship title in 17 years.

The last time UST dominated the UAAP basketball court was back in 2006 during Season 69.

Now, with a total of 12 titles under their belt, the UST Tigresses is the winningest women’s basketball program in the UAAP.

Tiger Sands continues glory

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Photo by Neiro Villaescusa/TomasinoWeb

Still, the kings and queens of the sands.

The UST Tiger Sands retained glory in the UAAP Season 86 beach volleyball tournament after securing their fifth straight crown in their title-clinching win against the NU Bulldogs on Nov. 28 at the SM Sands by the Bay.

Meanwhile, their female counterparts, the Lady Spikers, also dominated the tournament, snagging their sixth straight beach volleyball title and granting the golden double for UST.

Both men's and women's teams each tallied a 6-1 record this season as the Lady Spikers saw their’ 38-game winning streak broken.

Altogether, UST managed to capture its eighth men's beach volleyball title and its ninth women's beach volleyball title, respectively.

Male Woodpushers score three-peat

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Photo by Neiro Villaescusa/TomasinoWeb

Three times a charm!

The UST Male Woodpushers prolonged their chess dynasty after securing their third straight championship in the UAAP Season 86 on Nov. 18 and 19 at the FEU Tech Building.

It was sheer dominance throughout the tournament for the kings from Espana after they swept the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 4-0, granting them enough points for a shot at the championship title.

The Male Woodpushers furthered their glory after they ended the tournament in true kingly fashion, sweeping the FEU Tamaraws on the final tournament day.

UST took the throne after tallying 27 tournament points ahead of the runners-up Ateneo Blue Eagles with 21, followed by the third-placers Adamson, who was left in the dust with 16 points.

Salinggawi goes back-to-back podium finish

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Photo by Phillip Perez/TomasinoWeb

How you like that, another podium finish?

The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe took home the bronze medal in the UAAP Season 86 Cheerdance Competition on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Salinggawi’s BLACKPINK-inspired dance theme clipped in a final tally of 684 points, just enough to clinch a back-to-back bronze medal and a podium finish for the second straight year.

The FEU Cheering Squad captured the cheerdance crown with a total of 702.5 points, while the NU Pep Squad snagged silver with 697 points.

What was a majorly clean dance routine for Salinggawi was broken off by a failed pyramid formation and ended with a spelled-out UST pose.

UST had the most penalties among all the cheerdance teams, succumbing to a total of 15 penalty points.

Showing off their vibrant pink props to the mat, Salinggawi executed their coordinated acrobatic stunts accompanied by the tune of BLACKPINK songs.

UST finished first in the competition's dance category with 374 points, the most out of all squads.

Poomsae Jins reclaimed title in thriller

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Photo from the UAAP Media Team

The UST Tiger Jins reclaimed glory in the UAAP Season 86 poomsae tournament on Monday, Nov. 27, at the Marikina Sports Center.

After last season’s unsuccessful title defense, the Tiger Jins recaptured the poomsae crown and secured two gold, two silver, and one bronze medals (2-2-1) in the single-day event, displaying their overall dominance throughout.

Chelsea Tacay, the season MVP, was crowned as the top female jin of the tournament after securing UST’s first gold medal.

Tacay, along with team captain Vincent Rodriguez, dominated the mixed category en route to bagging the Tiger Jins’ second gold.

Securing a silver medal finish for UST was the trio of Allyson Serapio, Stella Yape, and Aidaine Laxa in the women's team category, while Nash Alcairo, Dane Subaste, and Jeus Yape aided another silver in the men's team category.

Alcairo also contributed a bronze medal in the male individual category for the Tiger Jins.

Tiger Paddlers embark on unbeaten run

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Photo by Phillip Perez/TomasinoWeb

Unblemished from start to finish. The UST Tiger Paddlers captured their fourth straight championship in the Men’s Table Tennis tournament at the Amoranto Sports Complex on Nov. 25.

It only took the Tiger Paddlers two games in their final match to secure the title, taking down the Ateneo Blue Eagles to put a crown on their season sweep.

It was the 30th overall title of UST in the sport after ruling the last four iterations of the tournament. The Tiger Paddlers have been undefeated since the Season 82 finals in 2019, stretching their streak to 30 games.

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Adriann R. Ancheta

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Adriann Ancheta is a Sports Writer at TomasinoWeb. A man who is new into the writing scene with a bottomless love for sports and the competitive scene, mainly for basketball as well as esports. This love of his is what drove him to delve into the scene of sports writing. He is a journalism student who, outside of it, has a lot of free time which is mainly spent for lazing around and just pondering about the most random things unthinkable to man.

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Rob Andrew Dongiapon

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Rob Andrew L. Dongiapon is a Sports Editor at TomasinoWeb. He is an avid fan of sports and competition. He also finds great entertainment in combat sports, He continues to strive to make this love of sports pay his future bills. Aside from studying journalism, he writes for Thunderous Intentions where he displays his unhealthy love of the Oklahoma City Thunder. When he is not writing, he probably is watching YouTube videos of how to take over the world.

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Christian David Ruiz

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Christian David Ruiz is a sports writer at TomasinoWeb from the Faculty of Arts and Letters. He is currently in his junior year, taking up a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. In elementary, he tried several sports, including chess and badminton, but ultimately pursued volleyball. David was part of his high school’s volleyball team and is now part of his barangay’s men’s volleyball team. David once dreamed of playing in the UAAP but was redirected to a different path after the pandemic. Despite failing to achieve his ultimate dream as an athlete, his love and passion for volleyball remained the same, which led him to become a sports writer for a school publication, aspiring to become the best in his field.

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Jerome Anhag

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Jerome Anhag is a Sports Writer at TomasinoWeb. A little context if you care to listen, but Jerome has found himself in a sweet position that he most certainly enjoys: writing, talking, and all about sports. Although a rookie in the writing scene, he has since written articles about different athletes of the University and continues to grow more as a writer. Outside of writing, Jerome, a microbiology major, is a food enthusiast by heart, an avid retro gamer, and a low-key metalhead. He is unafraid to profess his love for K-Pop (especially fanboying over IVE's Rei) and SpongeBob. His hidden talent is that he has memorized dialogues of its older episodes.

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