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Salinggawi places fourth

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     THEY were, once again, close enough to the podium.

     The Salinggawi Dance Troupe placed fourth for the second consecutive year in the annual Samsung Cheerdance Competition held yesterday, September 22, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

     Entering the Top 3 this year were fairy tale-themed NU Pep Squad for second runner up, jungle-themed FEU Cheering Squad for first runner up, and freedom-themed UP Pep Squad for their third consecutive championship.

     UP Pep now ties with Salinggawi with eight overall wins in the cheerdance competition, which started in 1994.

     Salinggawi’s Rio Carnival theme, according to new coach Ramon Pagaduan, is an existing theme by the dance troupe’s previous coach, Ryan Silva.

     Their performance this year was highlighted by various tumblings and three-level pyramids. Also worth noting was their ballroom dance accompanied with gymnastic moves.

     Pagaduan said that he mostly just let the dancers be themselves for this competition. “Hindi pa sila sanay sa style of coaching ko,” he said to TomasinoWeb.

     This year’s cheering team is composed of 10 rookies and 8 seniors, the rest are juniors.

     According to UP Pep Squad’s former team captain Lawrence Bautista, their freedom theme showed that the iskolar ng bayan are not afraid of anything. He also said that the theme was dedicated to all students of the University of the Philippines.

     Bautista and his teammates surprised everyone with their shaved heads, an idea presented by their coach, Lala Parena. And to give more meaning to it, their shaved hairs was donated to cancer patients.

     According to Pagaduan, Salinggawi really needs to have a good schedule first for it was difficult for them to be complete in their trainings.

     Asked to give a message to UP’s win this year, Pagaduan said, “They deserve it and we will try next year.”

     First runner up for 2011, La Salle Animo Squad, toppled to fifth this year with their sporty boxing theme. Ranking sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, were anime-themed Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion, K-pop-themed Adamson Pep Squad, and mythology-themed UE Pep Squad.

By Juan Miguel G. Villon
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

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Tigresses maul Lady Bulldogs

The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the NU Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the National University Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

Both teams opened the game with good starts and failed to get the upper hand at each other up until the final moments of the first set before the Tigresses closed it out at 27-25.

The second and third sets were like opposites in terms of energy for both teams. UST slugged it out and nipped NU on the second set with roaring offense and floor defense, finishing the set 25-17.  The third set saw UST relax and lose their ground as NU takes the set 20-25

The fourth and final set saw UST’s momentum return and once again claim 10 points. The Tigresses leaned on their one-two punch of Rondina and Laure as they ice the game 25-16.

After the game, Coach Kung Fu Reyes stated that despite the third set collapse, it was important that his team got the win and at this point they will just be polishing their overall game.

“At the end of the game kami naman yung nanalo so kailangan lang namin ulit i polish yung mga dapat namin na i correct pa. Yun ang kailangan ulit gawin pag balik namin sa ensayo namin.”

Sisi Rondina poured in a game high 21 points to go along with Player of the Game honors, while Eya Laure chipped in her own 13 points.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Ivy Lacsina led the team with 19 markers of her own and rookie Princess Robles had 14 points.

With the win, UST now improves to 10-4 and has a shot for at least a playoff for the number 2 spot if La Salle loses to FEU in their final eliminations encounter on Sunday.

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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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Ateneo Lady Eagles upset the UST Golden Tigresses

The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

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The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 22-25, 11-15, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

The Tigresses won the first two sets but could not sustain their good start for the rest of the match.

UST had a good run in the middle of the third and fourth set but the Lady Eagles’ defense helped them to win the sets.

The graduating Sisi Rondina tops the scoring for the Golden Tigresses having 35 points, followed by the rookie Eya Laure who tallied 21 points.

“Wala naman kasing nananalo ng 2 sets. Pero all in all, maganda kasi naka kuha pa din kami ng 2 sets. Ito yung talo na hindi bumagsak balikat namin. Talo kami kung wala kaming natutunan”, UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes stated.

Maddie Madayag’s combination of offense and defense lead the  Ateneo Lady Eagles with a total of 23 points banking on 11 blocks.

UST dropped to 5-3 record after this loss.

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