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     September 2, 2012—The University of Santo Tomas Lady Spikers continued their dominance in the sand court as they unravelled well-placed shots to outwit the National University Lady Bulldogs, 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) and clinched their sixth straight victory in the UAAP Season 75 women’s beach volleyball tournament held at the University of the East-Caloocan.

     The Maruja Banaticla-Judy Caballejo tandem showed their clinical precision as early in the first set as both flaunted bullet-like service aces and deceitful drop shots that demolished the defense of NU’s Aleona Denise Santiago-Jen Reyes duo and had a six-point lead, 11-5.

     The España-based pair never looked back as they carted away the first set with Caballejo’s barrage of attacks and Banaticla’s scintillating drop balls against NU’s tandem, 21-13.

     The defending champion unleashed balance of offense and defense in the second frame to continue their performance highlighted by steadfast placing shots and fortified its six-game winning streak with an ace of Caballejo, 21-15.

     Caballejo tallied 21 points, including 10 spikes and 6 aces, while Banaticla scored 13 markers, featured by 8 drop balls, to be an inch closer to their second consecutive finals appearance.

     The black and gold players will face the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles in their last game for elimination tomorrow. The win will give UST a sweep of the eliminations that will guarantee them an automatic finals berth with a thrice to beat advantage.

     “Ihahanda natin yung dalawa in physical conditioning kasi yun yung pinaka importante sa beach volleyball. Then yung consistency sa attacks at pati na rin yung posisyon nung kalaban [ADMU],” Coach Emil Lontoc said.

     Meanwhile, the UST men’s pair succumbed into a four-game losing skid as they bowed down to the ADMU duo in straight sets (21-23, 14-21) after the two failed to stop the offense of their opponent.

     The John Depante-Mark Pangan tandem were overpowered by the Ysrael Marasigan-Ricci Gonzales pair in attacks and blocks aside from the 11 errors that they gave away to continue their losing streak in the league.

     “Hindi dapat yan yung line-up kaso nagkaroon ng problema sa grades yung isa kong player na talagang nai-train ko kaya wala na kaming nagawa. Ang tanging magagawa ko na lang ay ang i-train ng todo yung dalawa,” Lontoc said.

By Karl Cedrick G. Basco
Photo taken by Hazel Manalansan

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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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