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Salinggawi ready to regain cheerdance crown

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At long last, the most awaited collegiate cheerdance competition will finally arrive tomorrow at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Despite ups and downs, the University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe is ready to step up their game to end their nine-year championship drought.
After claiming a podium finish last year, Salinggawi president Benjamin Gutierrez said that the group made major adjustments in all aspects of their performance.
“Kung dati kini-criticize kami na ‘Salinggawi safe lang, ‘di naman mahirap ginagawa niyo ‘e,’ ngayon we go hard. Talagang we go hard mapasayaw, sa stunts, sa pyramids, we go hard.”
Gutierrez admitted that it was not easy to cope with the adjustments in their new routine.
“’Yung struggle lang siguro ngayon during training parang medyo maraming naaksidente since noong summer pa. Ito ‘yung sa ulo ko nasiko ako sa training tapos, merong mga na-dislocate ‘yung elbows ganun, tapos ‘yung mga tuhod nila puro may mga ACL, PCL o MCL minor pero nilalaban pa rin nila.”
However, Gutierrez expressed that the group is continuing to fight and give their hearts in the competition despite their injuries.
“Well miski naman sumuko ‘yung mga katawan nila, ako confident na akong sabihin nilalaban nila ‘yun. Kahit nakapikit siguro ako tapos nag-stunts sila alam ko na ilalaban nila ‘yun kasi may puso kami lahat sa laro.”
He also said that he is proud of Salinggawi’s four rookies for stepping up for the team. “Natutuwa ako sa kanila [rookies] sa pag-rereact nila sa training kasi nag-step-up sila. Parang unusual for a rookie to step up unless si Kobe [Bryant] ka. Ayun basta proud ako sa kanila.”
The 20-year-old captain said that the “process” from last year’s UAAP cheerdance competition served as an inspiration for them to do better this year with a simple goal to complete their routine and win the hearts of the Thomasian community.
“Goal lang naming mabuo ‘yung routine kasi ‘di namin hininging mag-champion, ma-retain o mag-podium finish. Sa amin, mabuo lang naming ‘yun tsaka mapasaya lang naming ‘yung Thomasian community, basta hindi naman importante mga medals ‘e basta panalo kami sa puso ng mga Thomasians masaya na kami dun.”
Gutierrez also added that Salinggawi’s head coach Ramon Pagaduan IV always reminds them the importance of “humility.”
UST will perform second after the De La Salle University Animo Squad while the four-peat seeking National University Pep Squad will perform last. Eight-time champion University of the Philippines skip to join this year’s competition.
Photo by Bria Cardenas

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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