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UST’s overall UAAP championship streak snapped

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     THE University of Santo Tomas’ general UAAP championship streak was put to an end by the De La Salle University, who was declared as the UAAP season 75 overall champions last March 23 at the Skydome in SM North Edsa.

     Since 1999, UST had dominated the UAAP overall race that resulted to 14 consecutive championship years before DLSU managed to dethrone the reigning champs to snatch their first overall championship title.

     Throughout UAAP history, UST has registered 39 overall championship crowns in the senior division and 15 in the juniors, totaling to 54 general championship titles.

     UST slid to a deficit of 16 points in the overall race, falling short to take the top seed from DLSU with 293 points. DLSU’s tenacity and UST’s “subpar performances” in the second semester became the deciding factors in achieving the overall crown according to the The Varsitarian.

     Compared to the performances in the previous season, UST garnered eight gold medals, seven silvers, and three bronze, which gave them a total score of 298 points in the final tally of scores in the overall race; however, some events went down the ranks come season 75, which limited UST to only six gold medals, six silvers, and four bronze. These totaled to 277 points in the final count.

     Although the Tiger Paddlers, Tiger Jins, the Tiger and Tigress Judokas, and women’s beach volleyball team were able to defend their crown, it wasn’t enough to bring home the overall trophy.

     “The Thomasian athletes didn’t lack much but polishing. We failed to get the overall title this year due to the shortage of polishing, some events went below their rankings. So we will have to work on that again next season,” IPEA secretary Asst. Prof. Gilda Ma. Paz Kamus said.

     “It is wrong to say that the dynasty of Thomasian athletes is in decline, because I see that every athlete does his best in his sport with passion and excellence,” she added.

     Despite the loss in the overall race, UST was given several individual athletic awards such as Athlete of the Year Award given to Christian Al dela Cruz in the seniors division and Juan Miguel Ramos in the juniors.

     Considering the loss in the overall race, season 75 still ended greatly for UST securing the overall trophy in the juniors division who has taken its seventh straight year in the UAAP throne.

     “The athletes have done their best, and that is what counts,” Kamus said.

Article and photo by Josiah Darren G. Saynes

 

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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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