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     FIVE golds and two silvers were not enough to lead UST in the over-all championship race of the diamond season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Will the Tigers’ dynasty come to an end?

     After the first semester of actions in UAAP season 75, the consecutive 14-year defending champion, University of Santo Tomas, amassed a total of 144 points, enough for a second place in the over-all standing. UST is trailing by eight points under the perennial rival De La Salle University, who garnered 152 points.

     Despite falling short in the number one spot in the over-all championship race, the UST Lady Spikers, Tiger Judokas, Lady Judokas, Tiger Jins, and Tiger Paddlers came up successful in defending their thrones against the other contending schools. The Growling Tigers and Lady Jins finished off with both silver medals which led the first batch of Thomasian athletes in their quest for the 40th over-all title trophy.

Keeping the title
      Maruja Banaticla and Judy Caballejo dominated the beach volleyball tournament as they swept the elimination round to clinch a rare thrice-to-beat advantage and beat the Paulina Soriano-Sheila Pineda duo in the finals via 2-0 en route to the pair’s second straight crown. Caballejo also bagged the Most Valuable Player plum.

     While, Golden Judokas continued to build dynasty in the UAAP judo tournament after both captured the golden title for three and two consecutive years, respectively.

     Tiger Judokas registered 51 points for their 3-3-3 gold-silver-bronze production to outscore the University of the Philippines. MVP Al Rolan Llamas and Jon Rodriguez spearheaded the men’s squad by ruling the -60 and -66 kgs. categories.

     Lady Judokas tallied for 53 total markers after walking away with 2-2-3 medals to defeat the UP Lady Squad who scored 38 points. Season 75 MVP Jewel de Castro and Dianne Villabos led the group by securing the golds in the +70 and -78 kilogram categories, respectively.

     Tiger Jins also flaunted their sharp kicks to take home the UAAP taekwondo championship for the second straight season beating the State U delegates. Season’s crowned MVP Christian Al Dela Cruz and last year’s MVP Dane Pido de Roda headed the squad in their 11th total title.

     At the same time, the UST Tiger Paddlers emerged victorious in bagging their third consecutive crown after easily disposing the DLSU Green Paddlers with a 2-0 win. Graduating Thomasian Martin Diaz and fellow paddler Alberto Bazar were deemed the season MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively.

Short in no.1 spot
     The Growling Tigers, led by Coach Pido Jarencio, finished off in second place after suffering a two-game losing streak in the finals against the defending champions, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

     Nobody expected that the Growling Tigers would make its appearance in the finals after 6 long years, but because of the hard-work, determination, and desire of the players, the unexpected became a reality. Although they fell short for the gold, being in the finals was already a great achievement for the team.

     From fourth to second, the UST Lady Jins clinched the silver medal with a record of 5-1. With only one game behind, UST Lady Jins fell short for the title. Snatching the gold was the DLSU Lady Jins, who waited 14 years to reclaim its crown with an undefeated record of 6-0.

Not our season
     The once deemed, five-peat champs with a total of 8 titles, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe remained in the 4th spot for the second consecutive year, losing the spotlight to the University of the Philippines Pep squad. UP equaled UST with their eighth cheerdance crown.

     There were also several other events that missed landing in the platform, and ended up settling in fourth, these were the Tiger Sharks and the Tiger Shuttlers.

Junior League
     The UST Juniors team ended the first semester of UAAP action with a good note, taking home five medals: 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 2 bronzes which gave them the top spot in the over-all race in the Juniors Division. They garnered a total of 67 points by the end of the first semester, shadowing with only six points behind is the University of the East with a total of 61 points.

     The UST Juniors eye on the gold as they try to snatch the trophy for the seventh consecutive year. With only seven sports events left, winning is their only mindset.

     Alas, the second semester has begun, the games are about to begin, and once again only the best will remain standing. Will UST rise to the occasion and grab the trophy, or will the Tigers’ dynasty fall?

By Josiah Darren G. Saynes and Karl Cedrick G. Basco

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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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