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The National University Bulldogs asserted their dominance over the UST Tiger Spikers in three sets, 18-25, 18-25, 21-25 in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

The first two sets saw UST struggle to defend against NU’s offense which was clicking on all cylinders, and were facing deficits as large as seven points within those two sets.

During the first set, despite their slow start to begin the game, UST was able to cut down NU’s seven-point lead down late to three with a 4-0 run that brought the game to 18-21, but unforced errors and NU’s offense ultimately led to the Bulldogs’ own 4-0 run to take the set.

In the second set, UST had a much better start, preventing NU to go on huge runs early, however they were unable to keep their strong momentum going, and were unable to respond when NU’s offense started to click, which, like the first set buried them in six to seven point deficits.

On the third set however, UST was able to keep up with NU better as compared to the previous two sets and were even able to tie the game in the closing moments at 21.

Joshua Umandal chipped in 13 points for UST in the losing cause, while Jayvee Sumagaysay and Manuel Medina had eight points apiece.

Sumagaysay’s eight points also included a game-high four blocks.

After the game, Coach Odjie Mamon attributed their lack of gameplan execution and his team’s health as factors to their loss, citing rookie Jaron Requinton specifically when it came to the topic about health.

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“Sa gameplan di na execute, resistant sila dun sa napractice namin, resistant sila to execute today, tapos di talaga healthy yung players, nawala si – si Jaron (Requinton) di 100% so I opted for (Jireh) Buro kaso siya naman ang na sprain so ipinasok ko si Jaron. Kaya lang si Jaron Requinton, wala siya nung two days preparation namin for this game so di talaga ma ieexecute yung game plan,” he explained.

When asked about how to prevent losses like these, Mamon stated that as long as the team is healthy, losses like these can be prevented.

“Kailangan lang healthy sila, yun lang,” he quipped.

For NU, it was Bryan Bagunas with a game-high 14 points. Teammates Angelo Almendras and Francis Saura also scored double digits with 12 and 10, respectively.

UST now falls to a 3-3 record while NU improves to a 4-1 slate.

UST is set to take on the UE Red Warriors next on Mar. 17, Sunday at the same venue.

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A humble new Tigress, Ypril Tapia joins the UST women’s volleyball team

As collegiate sports is incapacitated by the pandemic and the University continues to recover from controversy, the UST Golden Tigresses have found a silver lining as they secured the services of a high school volleyball standout in Ypril Tapia. 

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As collegiate sports is incapacitated by the pandemic and the University continues to recover from controversy, the UST Golden Tigresses have found a silver lining as they secured the services of a high school volleyball standout in Ypril Tapia. 

 Tapia, an 18 year-old open hitter listed at 5’4” was confirmed as a new member of the UST Golden Tigresses last August and is set to debut in the upcoming season 83 of the UAAP despite the uncertainties presented by the pandemic.

Humble beginnings

In an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, Tapia shared that she started playing volleyball “just for the fun” with her friends before eventually discovering a love for the game. 

 “Actually trip trip ko lang noon maglaro kasi nakikita ko rin mga kaibigan ko naglalaro, so tinry ko, hindi ko alam isa na pala iyon sa magiging passion ko. Thankful ako na nadiscover ko ang volleyball.” she said.

According to her, she was actually discovered by a “magtataho” during her humble beginnings, who first discovered her talent and influenced her to pursue volleyball. This “magtataho”, whom she met way back in elementary school, also doubled as coach of her volleyball team. 

“Yung coach ko yung magtataho, siya po yung nakadiscover sa talent ko. Naniwala siya sakin na kaya ko, pinagpatuloy ko po,” Tapia shared. 

An accomplished juniors career 

Early on into her career, Tapia has already achieved a number of accolades, such as participating in the Palarong Pambansa, winning the North Luzon  Girl’s Volleyball Tournament MVP while also being the Best Outside Attacker in the tournament and the 2019 National Rebisco Volleyball League Most Valuable Player (MVP).

 But when asked what was her “biggest break” in her career before joining UST, she answered, “2019 National Rebisco Volleyball League po, talo po kami doon pero yun po kasi yung mga pinakamagandang memories kumpara po sa Palarong Bansa, hindi ko po kasi naenjoy doon kasi first time ko na hindi ko po kasama yung mga teammates ko dati dahil hugot po ako nung Palarong Pambansa”.

The rookie also makes sure that emotions do not affect her performance on the court. “Meron din po [emotions] , pero syempre din po kapag naglalaro, hiwalay po dapat ang feelings at yung mga bagay na ginagawa ko sa laro” she answered when asked if unfamiliar teammates affected her in the Palarong Pambansa. “Hindi din po kasi naging madali ang maging hugot po lalo na may naging favoritism po” she added.

Her “idol” in the Phillipine Volleyball scene are Alyssa Valdez and Sisi Rondina because of their talent and urge to work hard to keep the dream alive. “Sila Alyssa Valdez at [Sisi] Rondina po kasi sila yung pinaka naging inspirasyon ko para lumakas at maging matatag po,” she shared

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A ‘dream come true’

When asked if there are other schools that tried to recruit her she replied, “Opo marami po pero pinili ko parin po UST”

In a previous article by the Varsitarian, she stated that UST is her dream school and said that it was a dream come true once she became part of the Tigresses.

Dream come true. Kasi pangarap ko lang po ito noon, hindi ko rin inexpect na matutupad sya,” she shared to TomasinoWeb

Tapia was recruited by Golden Tigresses assistant Yani Fernandez in a tune-up game against them last April 2019 and is currently taking up Bachelor of Physical Education in the University’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA). 

When it comes to contributing to the team, the 18-year-old said that she hopes to contribute by being a disciplined player, stating that this is what her past experiences have taught her. 

Siguro pagiging disiplinadong player po kasi aminado po ako noon pasaway ako pero sa mga napagdaanan ko, natuto ako maging disiplinado kasi alam kong hindi ako makakarating kung nasan ako kung pinagpatuloy ko po ang puro laro walang aral ganun pero ngayon, ginagawa ko naman lahat para mapag sabay ang laro at pagaaral,” Tapia answered. 

Lastly, when asked on what her message for the Thomasian community is, she answered, “Una syempre nagpapasalamat ako sa UST at nagtiwala sila sa kakayahan ko at sisiguraduhin ko pong gagawin ko ang lahat upang makatulong sa team para makuha po namin ulit ang kampyon,” as her goal for the team is to win the UAAP Championship for season 83.

Tapia is set to join a Golden Tigress squad led by the Laure sisters and the sophomore star Imee Hernandez.  

The Tigresses last won the Women’s Volleyball championship 10 years ago against the De La Salle Lady Spikers. Can they win the crown back to España this upcoming UAAP season 83?  

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UAAP finds new broadcast home in Cignal TV

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) announced on Friday, October 23 that it has reached a five and a half broadcast partnership with Cignal TV.

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The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) announced on Friday, October 23 that it has reached a five and a half year broadcast partnership with Cignal TV.

The partnership is set to kick off starting 2021, when UAAP Season 83 commences. 

Together with its other digital platforms, One Sports channel, the sports division of media giant TV5, will air selected UAAP games starting Season 83. UAAP affirmed in their official statement released Friday evening. 

“As part of this collaboration, select events of the UAAP will be aired live on One Sports channel and its other digital assets, ensuring an engaging and expansive coverage across different multimedia platforms,” the statement read. 

“With its affiliate network, TV5, their combined experience in sports production provides the UAAP with a strong foundation in its efforts to promote collegiate sports in the country,” the statement added

For the first time in two decades, the UAAP  will not be airing on the ABS-CBN network, which had been the league’s media partner since 2000. 

“We’ll consider other parties if necessary. We’ll choose what’s for the best interest of the UAAP community,” UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag said when asked about the plans of UAAP last May.

Last May 2020, the House of Representatives refused to grant the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN which resulted in the UAAP’s decision to consider other broadcast partnerships.

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PNP report a ‘big boost’ for UAAP appeal: Ayo

Two days after a Sorsogon PNP report absolved him of liabilities for the Sorsogon ‘bubble’, former UST head coach Aldin Ayo is now hopeful that the same report will boost his appeal against his indefinite ban in the UAAP. 

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Two days after a Sorsogon PNP report absolved him of liabilities for the Sorsogon ‘bubble’, former UST head coach Aldin Ayo is now hopeful that the same report will boost his appeal against his indefinite ban in the UAAP. 

The embattled coach originally resigned from his head coaching post last September 4, before being slapped with an indefinite ban by the UAAP Board of Trustees five days later. 

“I feel vindicated by the result of the Sorsogon City PNP Investigation on the alleged IATF violations in our activity in Capuy, Sorsogon; which result, was duly confirmed by the Office of the Governor of the Province of Sorsogon,” Ayo said in a statement on Friday. 

“The result of the investigation conducted by the proper government authorities, the PNP on the ground — at my house and farm, will certainly complement my position on the matter: that I have not in any way violated any national and local government health protocol or IATF regulations,” the former coach added.

In the police report dated Sept. 23 which was certified by provincial governor Chiz Escudero, it was found that Ayo and UST’s actions were in accordance with the government’s health protocols and that there were no prohibited basketball activities held outside his residence and within the province’s jurisdiction. 

Ayo also noted that the police report included “overlooked” details by the University’s fact-finding committee, which was used as a basis by the UAAP BoT to impose his indefinite ban. 

“I have dutifully raised matters overlooked by the UST fact-finding committee in their findings which became the basis for the UAAP decision. These pertinent matters, if properly considered, may significantly alter the decision of the UAAP Board.” Ayo said. 

Players allegedly went to Sorsogon to conduct “farm training” for their “special personal development” in Ayo’s mahogany farm, which were non-contact activities, and not to conduct team practices as originally stated by former team captain CJ Cansino.

Due to the province being placed in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) – Low Risk at the time, the agricultural activities undertaken were allowed under the EID-IATF community quarantine guidelines. 

The former Tigers coach also took a shot at the doubters of his story, stating that while it may be understandable to doubt the Growling Tigers being invited to Sorsogon for agricultural work, it prevails as the truth if it is really the case. 

An invite to the same doubters was also sent by Ayo to conclude the statement. 

“Come to my house and farm in Capuy, Sorsogon, and see for yourself. ‘For the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.’ he concluded. 

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