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Clash of Colors: UAAP Season 84 sets in action with its virtual opening ceremony

With UAAP’s theme “Fully Alive, Champions for Life,” this year will be a unique season for UAAP as a lot of changes in the previous setup had to be made for the season to happen as fans are waiting for its return after its two years of inactivity.

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As the colors of eight different Universities collide once again with this year’s University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 84, a pre-recorded opening ceremony was prepared to officially start the season and to welcome the fans on Saturday, March 26.

Traditionally, the opening ceremony for UAAP is aired live but due to pandemic, things will be different as season 84 will mark its return with a one hour pre-recorded program hosted by Paolo del Rosario and Bea Escudero showing all teams parading the new breeds of student-athletes and lineups at 9 am.

A total of four matches will be seen today, it highlights all teams having the FEU Tamaraws and UST Growling Tigers as the first game since season 82. Another game for the fans to watch out for is the first “Battle of Katipunan” of defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles against the crowd-favorites UP Fighting Maroons at 4 pm.

The opening also highlights the virtual UAAP chant of eight universities and the oath-taking ceremony led by the nation’s first olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, who shown the sportsmanship and inspiration to all student-athletes and fans who will participate for this season.

With UAAP’s theme “Fully Alive, Champions for Life”, this year will be a unique season for UAAP as a lot of changes in previous setup had to be made for the season to happen as fans are waiting for its return after its two years of inactivity.

There will be no fans and even the iconic drummers and cheer dancers to appear in the actual event due to the bubble format set by the league for them to protect all teams and staff’s health against COVID-19.

Even with the absence of fans and other performances to boost up the teams’ energy in the actual game, the spirit of the UAAP community can still be felt in the court as fans can show their support virtually as they cheer for their preferred universities who will compete for the trophy this season.

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UAAP crowns UST as overall champions for fifth consecutive season

This is the University’s 45th senior overall championship, and its fifth straight dating back to season 79. Their junior counterparts have bagged 21 overall championships, however, junior’s competition for this season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The University of Santo Tomas bagged its fifth straight overall championship in UAAP Season 84, earlier this afternoon, June 21, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. 

During the individual awarding ceremony of the women’s volleyball tournament, league directors crowned UST as the overall champions. Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr. Rodel S. Cansancio, O.P, and IPEA secretary Asst. Prof. Gilda Ma. Paz Kamus were present to receive the trophy.

UST reigned supreme in four events; poomsae, men’s 3×3 basketball, men’s beach volleyball, and men’s chess. 

The UST Tiger Jins halted DLSU’s two-year reign in poomsae on May 31st. A strong team effort lifted the Jins to get the job done as both the men’s and women’s squad walked home golden. The men’s team was composed of Vincent Gabriel Rodriguez, Miguel Alexandre Baladad, and Darius Venerable. While their women’s counterparts were led by Aidaine Laxa, Chelsea Xen Tacay, and Stella Nicole Yape.

Veteran sniper Sherwin Concepcion’s shooting masterclass paved the Growling Tigers’ comeback from nine points down over the DLSU Green Archers to rule the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament, 21-20, last June 3rd. Along with Concepcion were rookies Nic Cabanero and Royce Mantua, followed by Growling Tigers center Bryan Santos.

The Tiger Spikers led UST to its sixth beach volley title, the most in league history, after its sweep of a dominant National U team last June 5th, with Rancel Varga leading the Spikers’ charge as he took home MVP honors. Accompanying him were SEA Games bronze medalist Jaron Requinton and Efraem Dimaculangan.

While the Tiger Woodpushers snapped a nine-year title drought with their rout of the DLSU Green Woodpushers on June 15th. Brylle Vinluan, Julius Gonzales, Lee Palma, and Antonio Almodal led the way in their reclamation of the league chess championship.

This is the University’s 45th senior overall championship, and its fifth straight dating back to season 79. Their junior counterparts have bagged 21 overall championships, however, junior’s competition this season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tiger Woodpushers reclaim UAAP men’s chess title to snap nine-year drought

With this win,  a third gold has been added to the University’s UAAP Season 84 medal haul after its dominance in the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament and the men’s beach volleyball tournament.

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Woodpushers emerged victorious in the UAAP Season 84 chess tournament after a nine-year title drought on Wednesday, June 15, at the FEU Engineering Building Auditorium in Sampaloc, Manila.

The España-based squad bagged its eighth chess championship with 28 points in the last round against DLSU’s Green Woodpushers, 2.5-1.5.

“Ako kasi I can say na talagang high caliber yung mga players natin,” UST head coach Ronald Dableo said of his team. “Malaking factor na yung mga players natin mga beterano na talaga yan mula high school, nag-e-MVP, nag-go-gold medalist. Tuluy-tuloy yun siyempre.”

University of the Philippines notched a silver medal with 26 points after a 3.5-0.5 win against Adamson University.

On the other hand, the Season 82 men’s chess kings, Far Eastern University placed third as they rounded up the podium with 25 points.

FEU veteran Jeth Romy Morado was hailed as the Most Valuable Player and was awarded the Board 1 gold after being able to dispatch the UP rookie of the year Jan Daryl Batula in the tiebreaker armageddon match. 

With this win,  a third gold has been added to the University’s UAAP Season 84 medal haul after its dominance in the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament and the men’s beach volleyball tournament.

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Nisperos-led Blue Eagles boots Golden Tigresses out of UAAP stepladder tournament

Down 17-22, middle blocker Imee Hernandez and rookie spiker Ypril Tapia combined for three markers and two Ateneo errors. All things looked like a UST comeback, but Nisperos sealed the match with a fast kill, 20-25, to set a date with the DLSU Lady Archers on Thursday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses bow out of the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball stepladder playoffs after enduring a sweep at the hands of the reigning champion Ateneo Blue Eagles, 23-25, 23-25, 20-25, Tuesday evening, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

MVP frontrunner Eya Laure willed UST to an early lead in the third set, 10-7, where the 23-year-old open hitter scored five of her overall 15 markers in the match. However, the blue and white clawed back with a 9-3 run of their own to take a three-point lead at the second technical timeout, 13-16, sparked by back-to-back aces from Ateneo sophomore sensation Faith Nisperos.

Down 17-22, middle blocker Imee Hernandez and rookie spiker Ypril Tapia combined for three markers and two Ateneo errors. All things looked like a UST comeback, but Nisperos sealed the match with a fast kill, 20-25, to set a date with the DLSU Lady Archers on Thursday. 

The second salvo was UST’s set for the taking as they zoomed to a four-point advantage, 18-14, from contributions courtesy of Hernandez, holdover Camille Victoria, and a kill by Laure. 

Alike the third set, Ateneo ignited a 6-0 run to take the momentum away from the women of Espana as they stole the second set capped off by a block from bench sparkplug Jeycel Delos Reyes,  23-25.

The first frame was no different as it saw UST hold a one-point lead off a Laure kill on a Erika Raagas block, 23-22, but the women from Katipunan fought back with a 3-0 run to steal anew the opening set, 23-25.

Eya Laure flirted with a triple-double as she ended her MVP tour with 15 markers, 17 excellent receptions, and eight excellent digs. Imee Hernandez and Ysa Jimenez lifted UST’s ‘strong support system’ as they posted 11 and ninepoints respectively.

Ateneo was led by Nisperos’ 23 points and eight excellent receptions, while veterans Vanie Gandler and Raagas chipped in 15 and 9 markers a piece.

The UST Golden Tigresses ended their UAAP Season 84 campaign one place shy of a podium finish as they secured a top 4 finish, two places lower than their previous Cinderella run in Season 81 before the pandemic struck where they also lost to none other than their tormentors today in Ateneo.

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