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Tiger Spikers halt late rally by Ateneo

The UST Tiger Spikers outlasted the Ateneo de Manila University in five sets, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Wednesday.

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The UST Tiger Spikers outlasted the Ateneo de Manila University in five sets, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Wednesday.

“Yung kalaban nag-adjust nung third set. Medyo matagal yung adjustment din namin,” UST head coach Odjie Mamon explained.

Despite this, Mamon said the Tiger Spikers earned a “passing grade” for achieving the win.

Manuel Medina led UST with 22 points from 20 attacks and a service ace.

Antony Koyfman of Ateneo had 22 points as well in the losing cause.

UST’s next game will be on Feb. 24, Sunday at the same venue.

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Nonoy, Cuajao break silence, bid UST goodbye

Amidst the conflicting reports on their departure, Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao have confirmed that they have left the University through farewell messages posted on Monday morning. 

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Amidst the conflicting reports on their departure, Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao have confirmed that they have left the University through farewell messages posted on Monday morning. 

While the two did not confirm their next destination, multiple publications have already reported that they will be headed to the De LaSalle University Green Archers under coach Derrick Pumaren. 

Nonoy bid the University farewell through an Instagram post on Monday.

“Unang-una po sa lahat, nagpapasalamat po ako ng buong puso sa buong UST community, na binigyan nyo po ako ng opportunity na ipakita po kung anong galing meron ako and I’m very thankful sa lahat ng coaching staff lalong-lalo na po sa kay coach Aldin Ayo na nagtiwalang kumuha sakin mula sa province to Manila at nagbigay sakin ng kumpiyansa pag dating sa court at sa pag guide nya sa akin kahit off the court upang maging mabuting tao,” Nonoy’s post stated. 

“Sa buong UST community na walang katulad sa pagcheer nyo po sa amin na nagbibigay lakas at inspirasyon sa akin sa bawat laro hinding-hindi ko po kayo malilimutan. Napakabigat man para sa loob ko, kinakailangan ko ng katiyakan sa aking career para makapagfocus ulit sa basketball,” the former Tiger Cub standout added. 

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Unang-una po sa lahat, nagpapasalamat po ako ng buong puso sa buong UST community, na binigyan nyo po ako ng opportunity na ipakita po kung anong galing meron ako and I'm very thankful sa lahat ng coaching staff lalong-lalo na po sa kay coach Aldin Ayo na nagtiwalang kumuha sakin mula sa province to manila at nagbigay sakin ng kumpiyansa pag dating sa court at sa pag guide nya sa akin kahit off the court upang maging mabuting tao. Habambuhy ko tatanawin ang utang na loob ko po sa kanya kasi kung hndi dahil sa kanya wala po ako sa kinatatayuan ko ngayon. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng coaches at managers po lalo na kay boss Jimmy Lim ng Ironcon na laging nandyan to support us every game at nagbibigay ng lahat ng kailangan namin. Sa buong ust community na walang katulad sa pagcheer nyo po sa amin na nagbibigay lakas at inspirasyon sa akin sa bawat laro hinding-hindi ko po kayo malilimutan. Napakabigat man para sa loob ko, kinakailangan ko ng katiyakan sa aking career para makapagfocus ulit sa basketball. Dahil ilang weeks na akong binabagabag ng kung ano ang kahihinatnan ng atin team. Ano man natutunan ko sa UST dadalhin ko yan habambuhay saan man ako mapunta. Akin po munang kokonsultahin ang aking pamilya para sa mga susunod na hakbang na aming gagawin. Maramin salamat UST! THE BEST KA! GO USTE GO GO GO USTE 😭🐯🖤💛🖤🤍

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Cuajao also shared the same sentiments as Nonoy, wherein he stated that his basketball career was a driving force in his departure from the University. 

“Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanila at minolde nila ang aking pagkatao.  Hanggang sa huli, umaasa akong magkakaron ng linaw at maayus na patutunguhan ang team despite sa lahat ng pinagdaraanan namin.  Ngunit hanggang ngayon walang tiyak na na direksyon. Mabigat man ang loob ko, kinakailangan ko na talaga mag disisyon at maghanap ng katiyakan para sa career ko dahil dito ko binubuo ang pangarap ko para sa pamilya ko,” Cuajao expressed in a lengthy Facebook post. 

Una sa lahat gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa buong UST community, sa buong coaching staff at managers and most specially…

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In their lone senior seasons for the University, Nonoy averaged 10 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while Cuajao only totaled 13 points in his debut season for the Tigers. 

With their departure, Nonoy and Cuajao are now the latest names in the Growling Tigers’ mass exodus, following suit with teammates in now Fighting Maroon CJ Cansino, the Letran Knights trio of Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller and Brent Paraiso, and third stringer Jun Asuncion who is now in Mapua. 

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Nonoy, Cuajao still undecided on transfer, says agent

Amidst the duo’s alleged move to De LaSalle University, Team Phenom Sports president Jax Chua, who manages Nonoy and Cuajao said that they are still waiting on the University’s endorsement on former head coach Aldin Ayo’s appeal against his indefinite ban. 

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Despite multiple reports earlier today, the guard tandem of Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao are still undecided on whether or not they will be leaving the University, their agent said Sunday.

Amidst the duo’s alleged move to De LaSalle University, Team Phenom Sports president Jax Chua, who manages Nonoy and Cuajao said that they are still waiting on the University’s endorsement on former head coach Aldin Ayo’s appeal against his indefinite ban. 

The two-time mentor was sanctioned by the UAAP with an indefinite ban due to the Tigers’ Sorsogon training bubble held last June to mid-August.

Ayo released a statement regarding his indefinite ban last Friday, calling it inappropriate, and that he will be seeking a reconsideration against it.

“Mark and Deo are loyal to Coach Aldin. Si Mark, high school pa lang, si Coach Aldin na kumuha para sa UST High School tapos si Deo naman two weeks before the season last year kinuha ni coach pero ni-lineup pa rin,” Chua said in a statement released Sunday. 

Elsewhere in the statement, Chua also added the two’s preference to stay with the Tigers and be under Ayo’s mentorship once more.

“Hirap sila because of their loyalty to Coach Aldin talaga at gusto talaga nila mag-stay sa UST. But at the same time, time is running out since enrollment for the first semester in all schools is coming to a close,” Chua added.

A report from Rappler Sports’ Naveen Ganglani corroborates Chua’s statement as well.

While the two are still yet to move out of the University, Ganglani states that the duo have considered three schools for their final move, which are De LaSalle, San Beda and UST. According to Ganglani, LaSalle has emerged as the favorite to land the duo. 

If their move is made official, Nonoy and Cuajao will be the latest names in the Tigers’ mass exodus, following the departures of teammates in former team captain turned UP Maroon CJ Cansino, now-Letran Knights Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller and Brent Paraiso, and former third-string forward Jun Asuncion who joined the Mapua Cardinals.

Mark Nonoy is the reigning UAAP Rookie of the Year in which his debut season for the seniors saw him post averages of 10 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists as UST made its way to the UAAP finals. Cuajao however saw limited minutes in his first season with the Tigers. 

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Former Tigers coach Aldin Ayo slapped with indefinite UAAP ban

The UAAP Board of Trustees has approved the prior recommendation of the Board of Managing Directors to sanction now-former UST Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo for conducting the team’s controversial “training bubble” in Sorsogon. 

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The UAAP Board of Trustees has approved the prior recommendation of the Board of Managing Directors to sanction now-former UST Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo for the team’s controversial “training bubble” in Sorsogon. 

The BMD’s proposal to sanction Ayo was first reported on August 3, however it was only on Wednesday afternoon that the Board of Trustees ratified the decision to do so.

“After a thorough deliberation, the UAAP BOT ratified the decision of the BMD to ban coach Aldin Ayo indefinitely from participating, in any capacity, in all UAAP events and UAAP sanctioned-acitivities,” their statement read.

“The ban is based on the UST report that showed Ayo endangering the health and well-being of the student athletes under his charge when he conducted the training during a government-declared state of public emergency intended to arrest the COVID-19 outbreak,” the UAAP’s statement added.

Ayo’s ban comes five days after the University accepted his resignation along with assistant coaches Mcjour Luib and Jinho Manansala. 

According to the statement as well, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is set to conduct their own investigation on the University and other potential individuals who could be at fault for the training bubble.

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