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Tiger Paddlers aiming for back-to-back championship

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Paddlers set their sights on repeating as champions after sweeping last season’s men’s table tennis tournament.

Head coach Jackson Que, with the expectations high for the team to repeat, expressed what qualities the team have to remain as champions.

“Unang una, God. Without blessing ni God, wala lahat. Second, yung willingness natin na madefend yung crown, willingness na manalo. Yan yung nakikita ko sa team kaya I believe kaya natin,” he told TomasinoWeb.

Pressure is not in the vocabulary of Coach Que as he did not take pressure to repeat as champions but he took it as a challenge.

But with expectations high for them, Coach Que made a modest expectation of “top four” but insisted that the main goal is to defend the crown.

Even after the graduation of veterans Gil Ablanque, Alberto Bazar, and last season’s team captain and MVP Norielle Pantoja, mainstay Paul Que is ready to take the leadership as he was named the new team captain.

“Actually, nung start medyo nahirapan rin kami kasi tatlo yung nawala sa amin. Si Gil Ablanque, Norielle Pantoja, at Alberto Bazar. Buti na lang si Paul Que, nag decide na maglalaro pa rin siya, kasi graduate na siya so nag take siya ng master’s,” he added.

The team will also rely on new additions from team B who impressed Que as there are no rookies who made the cut.

“May mga dati tayong Team B na nag step-up ngayon. Si Chebuel Andaloc, Reymark Mabuang. Puro galing Team B, wala tayong rookies na pumasok eh.”

One of the veterans of the doubles event, Rian Maldia, was diagnosed with cancer in the lymphatic system.

“Thankfully, [pinayagagan] siya ng school at doctors niya na makapaglaro this season, pero depende pa rin sa health condition niya. Kung hindi kaya, we have to ask him to rest muna, medyo crucial sa atin yun,” Que exclaimed.

The squad is composed of team captain Paul Que, Chebuel Andaloc, Janssen Cruz, Reymark Mabuang, Rian Maldia, Chris Mendoza, Nico Nayre, Shen Tunay.

The Tiger Paddlers will start their campaign on tomorrow, September 23, at the University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics in Quezon City.

by Justin Robert Valencia

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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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The UAAP Flag is presented to UAAP schools rectors and presidents in its season opening in 2016 | Amirah Eloise Banda/TomasinoWeb

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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