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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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Tigresses maul Lady Bulldogs

The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the NU Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the National University Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

Both teams opened the game with good starts and failed to get the upper hand at each other up until the final moments of the first set before the Tigresses closed it out at 27-25.

The second and third sets were like opposites in terms of energy for both teams. UST slugged it out and nipped NU on the second set with roaring offense and floor defense, finishing the set 25-17.  The third set saw UST relax and lose their ground as NU takes the set 20-25

The fourth and final set saw UST’s momentum return and once again claim 10 points. The Tigresses leaned on their one-two punch of Rondina and Laure as they ice the game 25-16.

After the game, Coach Kung Fu Reyes stated that despite the third set collapse, it was important that his team got the win and at this point they will just be polishing their overall game.

“At the end of the game kami naman yung nanalo so kailangan lang namin ulit i polish yung mga dapat namin na i correct pa. Yun ang kailangan ulit gawin pag balik namin sa ensayo namin.”

Sisi Rondina poured in a game high 21 points to go along with Player of the Game honors, while Eya Laure chipped in her own 13 points.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Ivy Lacsina led the team with 19 markers of her own and rookie Princess Robles had 14 points.

With the win, UST now improves to 10-4 and has a shot for at least a playoff for the number 2 spot if La Salle loses to FEU in their final eliminations encounter on Sunday.

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Golden Tigresses tamed by Lady Spikers

The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

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The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-21,23-25,19-25, 24-26 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Sunday.

UST began the game with a good opening salvo, capped off with double aces from super rookie Eya Laure. The Tigresses were able to lead early on with Kecelyn Galdones closing the set with a block.

The Tigresses fell early on the second set 18-11, before pouncing their way to inch closer but to no avail as the Lady Spikers claim the second set.

UST went to have a good start in the third set leading 11-9, before tapering off with La Salle’s attack efficiency and several errors from the Tigresses paving the way for the Lady Spikers to take the set.

The fourth set was a back and forth affair with the two teams not giving an inch until the final deuce at 24-all. The Lady Spikers’ defense proved to be too much as they take the game at the last moments of the set.

Rookie sensation Eya Laure chipped in 20 points for UST, while Sisi Rondina poured in 19.

For the Lady Spikers, captain Des Cheng had a career high 20 points.

With the loss, UST falls to 6-4 in solo fourth place, while LaSalle solidifies its hold on the second spot at 7-3.

The Tigresses will look to bounce back against the UE Lady Warriors on April 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

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Ateneo Lady Eagles upset the UST Golden Tigresses

The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

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The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 22-25, 11-15, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

The Tigresses won the first two sets but could not sustain their good start for the rest of the match.

UST had a good run in the middle of the third and fourth set but the Lady Eagles’ defense helped them to win the sets.

The graduating Sisi Rondina tops the scoring for the Golden Tigresses having 35 points, followed by the rookie Eya Laure who tallied 21 points.

“Wala naman kasing nananalo ng 2 sets. Pero all in all, maganda kasi naka kuha pa din kami ng 2 sets. Ito yung talo na hindi bumagsak balikat namin. Talo kami kung wala kaming natutunan”, UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes stated.

Maddie Madayag’s combination of offense and defense lead the  Ateneo Lady Eagles with a total of 23 points banking on 11 blocks.

UST dropped to 5-3 record after this loss.

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