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Tiger Paddlers bag championship; Female Paddlers improve to bridesmaid finish

“Spiritually, mentally, and physically ready ‘yung team at gusto nilang manalo.”

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The University of Santo Tomas Male Paddlers swept the UAAP Season 79 men’s table tennis tournament as they blanked defending champions De La Salle University Green Archers in their finals showdown, Wednesday, at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.
“14-0 sa eliminations plus this championship, mas love tayo ni God.” UST head coach Jackson Que said. “Spiritually, mentally, and physically ready ‘yung team at gusto nilang manalo.”
On their first match, Gil Abalanque showcased his dominance early on against La Salle’s Tarak Cabrido, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7.
Alberto Bazar maintained the composure for UST as he barely broke a sweat against Jeremy Ruiz, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.
UST’s duo Norielle Pantoja and Rian O’neal Maldia ended their first game with straight sets advantage.
Tiger Paddlers wrapped up their second and final game with a 3-0 cushion to bring home the coveted gold medals.
UST’s Norielle Pantoja nabbed the Most Valuable Player plum.
In women’s play, Female Paddlers drew first blood and handed the defending champions DLSU Lady Archers their lone loss of the season, 3-2.
Down 1-2 after three matches, UST never surrendered as Danica Marielle Alburo nailed a pressure-packed victory the expense of Chantal Alberto, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4.
Female Paddlers team captain Maria Niña Nacasabog provided the finishing touches for UST via four-setter victory.
La Salle wiped out the hope of the España-based paddlers for a championship in the second game as they came back strong, 3-0.
In the winner-take-all third game, UST Female Paddlers overcame a 0-2 disadvantage to tie things up at 2-2 via the crucial wins of Rachel Parba-Katrina Tempiatura tandem and Kate Louie Encarnacion.
Nacasabog could not deliver the goods for her squad in the fifth and final match as she ran out steam in a five-set thriller against Alberto, 3-11, 11-4, 11-6, 3-11, 10-12, to hand DLSU their back-to-back championship tilt.
“Sayang.” UST head coach Lorry Wadjad said. “Actually lamang sila [DLSU] sa skills at sa number of players na magaling tapos kami hinuhuli lang namin ‘yung depensa nila at nilalaban lang talaga namin para manalo.”
Male Paddlers will lose the key services of Abalanque, Baltazar and Pantoja due to graduation while Paul Michael Que and Female Paddlers’ Nacasabog are yet to decide if they will utilize their last playing year next season.
Junior Tiger Paddlers finished first and third place in the girls’ and boys’ division, respectively.

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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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