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Golden Tigresses tamed by Lady Spikers

The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

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The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-21,23-25,19-25, 24-26 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Sunday.

UST began the game with a good opening salvo, capped off with double aces from super rookie Eya Laure. The Tigresses were able to lead early on with Kecelyn Galdones closing the set with a block.

The Tigresses fell early on the second set 18-11, before pouncing their way to inch closer but to no avail as the Lady Spikers claim the second set.

UST went to have a good start in the third set leading 11-9, before tapering off with La Salle’s attack efficiency and several errors from the Tigresses paving the way for the Lady Spikers to take the set.

The fourth set was a back and forth affair with the two teams not giving an inch until the final deuce at 24-all. The Lady Spikers’ defense proved to be too much as they take the game at the last moments of the set.

Rookie sensation Eya Laure chipped in 20 points for UST, while Sisi Rondina poured in 19.

For the Lady Spikers, captain Des Cheng had a career high 20 points.

With the loss, UST falls to 6-4 in solo fourth place, while LaSalle solidifies its hold on the second spot at 7-3.

The Tigresses will look to bounce back against the UE Lady Warriors on April 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

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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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UST takes another loss as Bismarck Lina completes UP transfer

Five days after reports of exploratory talks originally surfaced, former UST Tiger Cubs star Bismarck Lina is now on his way to play for the UP Fighting Maroons.

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Five days after reports of exploratory talks originally surfaced, former UST Tiger Cubs star Bismarck Lina is now on his way to play for the UP Fighting Maroons.

First reported by multiple publications Monday afternoon, the move was made official through a photo posted of Lina with UP coach Bo Perasol.

(H/T: @spinph)

The 19-year-old also confirmed the news on his Twitter account, with the simple statement “new chapter”.

Lina is set to be reunited with former Growling Tigers captain CJ Cansino who was the first to leave the team in light of the Sorsogon Bubble fiasco. 

The former Tiger Cub originally committed to the seniors’ squad last February and was set to originally debut in the collegiate scene during UAAP season 83. 

However, with his transfer, Lina is now set to play for the Maroons in UAAP season 84 due to his status as a late enrollee. He and Cansino are set to debut in the same season. 

The 6-foot-5 bruiser and cousin of former King Tiger Kevin Ferrer was a force in his final year with the Tiger Cubs, posting norms of 16.6 points, 10.9 points, and 2.1 assists despite only appearing in the second half of the season. He was also a part of the Mythical Five way back during UAAP season 81.

Lina is now the eighth player to leave the Tigers following future teammate Cansino, the now-Letran Knights trio of Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller and Brent Paraiso, third-stringer turned Mapua Cardinal Jun Asuncion and the now-De LaSalle Green Archers duo of Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao.  

 

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