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Nisperos-led Blue Eagles boots Golden Tigresses out of UAAP stepladder tournament

Down 17-22, middle blocker Imee Hernandez and rookie spiker Ypril Tapia combined for three markers and two Ateneo errors. All things looked like a UST comeback, but Nisperos sealed the match with a fast kill, 20-25, to set a date with the DLSU Lady Archers on Thursday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses bow out of the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball stepladder playoffs after enduring a sweep at the hands of the reigning champion Ateneo Blue Eagles, 23-25, 23-25, 20-25, Tuesday evening, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

MVP frontrunner Eya Laure willed UST to an early lead in the third set, 10-7, where the 23-year-old open hitter scored five of her overall 15 markers in the match. However, the blue and white clawed back with a 9-3 run of their own to take a three-point lead at the second technical timeout, 13-16, sparked by back-to-back aces from Ateneo sophomore sensation Faith Nisperos.

Down 17-22, middle blocker Imee Hernandez and rookie spiker Ypril Tapia combined for three markers and two Ateneo errors. All things looked like a UST comeback, but Nisperos sealed the match with a fast kill, 20-25, to set a date with the DLSU Lady Archers on Thursday. 

The second salvo was UST’s set for the taking as they zoomed to a four-point advantage, 18-14, from contributions courtesy of Hernandez, holdover Camille Victoria, and a kill by Laure. 

Alike the third set, Ateneo ignited a 6-0 run to take the momentum away from the women of Espana as they stole the second set capped off by a block from bench sparkplug Jeycel Delos Reyes,  23-25.

The first frame was no different as it saw UST hold a one-point lead off a Laure kill on a Erika Raagas block, 23-22, but the women from Katipunan fought back with a 3-0 run to steal anew the opening set, 23-25.

Eya Laure flirted with a triple-double as she ended her MVP tour with 15 markers, 17 excellent receptions, and eight excellent digs. Imee Hernandez and Ysa Jimenez lifted UST’s ‘strong support system’ as they posted 11 and ninepoints respectively.

Ateneo was led by Nisperos’ 23 points and eight excellent receptions, while veterans Vanie Gandler and Raagas chipped in 15 and 9 markers a piece.

The UST Golden Tigresses ended their UAAP Season 84 campaign one place shy of a podium finish as they secured a top 4 finish, two places lower than their previous Cinderella run in Season 81 before the pandemic struck where they also lost to none other than their tormentors today in Ateneo.

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UAAP crowns UST as overall champions for fifth consecutive season

This is the University’s 45th senior overall championship, and its fifth straight dating back to season 79. Their junior counterparts have bagged 21 overall championships, however, junior’s competition for this season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The University of Santo Tomas bagged its fifth straight overall championship in UAAP Season 84, earlier this afternoon, June 21, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. 

During the individual awarding ceremony of the women’s volleyball tournament, league directors crowned UST as the overall champions. Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr. Rodel S. Cansancio, O.P, and IPEA secretary Asst. Prof. Gilda Ma. Paz Kamus were present to receive the trophy.

UST reigned supreme in four events; poomsae, men’s 3×3 basketball, men’s beach volleyball, and men’s chess. 

The UST Tiger Jins halted DLSU’s two-year reign in poomsae on May 31st. A strong team effort lifted the Jins to get the job done as both the men’s and women’s squad walked home golden. The men’s team was composed of Vincent Gabriel Rodriguez, Miguel Alexandre Baladad, and Darius Venerable. While their women’s counterparts were led by Aidaine Laxa, Chelsea Xen Tacay, and Stella Nicole Yape.

Veteran sniper Sherwin Concepcion’s shooting masterclass paved the Growling Tigers’ comeback from nine points down over the DLSU Green Archers to rule the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament, 21-20, last June 3rd. Along with Concepcion were rookies Nic Cabanero and Royce Mantua, followed by Growling Tigers center Bryan Santos.

The Tiger Spikers led UST to its sixth beach volley title, the most in league history, after its sweep of a dominant National U team last June 5th, with Rancel Varga leading the Spikers’ charge as he took home MVP honors. Accompanying him were SEA Games bronze medalist Jaron Requinton and Efraem Dimaculangan.

While the Tiger Woodpushers snapped a nine-year title drought with their rout of the DLSU Green Woodpushers on June 15th. Brylle Vinluan, Julius Gonzales, Lee Palma, and Antonio Almodal led the way in their reclamation of the league chess championship.

This is the University’s 45th senior overall championship, and its fifth straight dating back to season 79. Their junior counterparts have bagged 21 overall championships, however, junior’s competition this season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tiger Woodpushers reclaim UAAP men’s chess title to snap nine-year drought

With this win,  a third gold has been added to the University’s UAAP Season 84 medal haul after its dominance in the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament and the men’s beach volleyball tournament.

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Woodpushers emerged victorious in the UAAP Season 84 chess tournament after a nine-year title drought on Wednesday, June 15, at the FEU Engineering Building Auditorium in Sampaloc, Manila.

The España-based squad bagged its eighth chess championship with 28 points in the last round against DLSU’s Green Woodpushers, 2.5-1.5.

“Ako kasi I can say na talagang high caliber yung mga players natin,” UST head coach Ronald Dableo said of his team. “Malaking factor na yung mga players natin mga beterano na talaga yan mula high school, nag-e-MVP, nag-go-gold medalist. Tuluy-tuloy yun siyempre.”

University of the Philippines notched a silver medal with 26 points after a 3.5-0.5 win against Adamson University.

On the other hand, the Season 82 men’s chess kings, Far Eastern University placed third as they rounded up the podium with 25 points.

FEU veteran Jeth Romy Morado was hailed as the Most Valuable Player and was awarded the Board 1 gold after being able to dispatch the UP rookie of the year Jan Daryl Batula in the tiebreaker armageddon match. 

With this win,  a third gold has been added to the University’s UAAP Season 84 medal haul after its dominance in the 3×3 men’s basketball tournament and the men’s beach volleyball tournament.

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UST fails to play spoiler as National U cruises to an outright Finals appearance

The Golden Tigresses will have to beat the fourth seed in a win-or-go-home situation to reach the semifinal against the second seed, the DLSU Lady Spikers, where they have to win twice to then reach the Finals against the NU Lady Bulldogs.

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The UST Golden Tigresses were swept by the untarnished NU Lady Bulldogs, 22-25, 27-29, 17-25, on the final day of the regular season of the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament, Thursday, June 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. 

Team Captain Eya Laure was on her usual business as she led the Tigresses’ attempt to hand out National U’s first and last loss in the regular season with 13 points. She was the lone player from España to score double digits.

The unblemished Bulldogs had four of their starters contributing double digits. Team Captain Princess Robles led her team’s offense with 13 points, while Michaela Belen and Alyssa Solomon had 12 apiece, and Sheena Toring with 11.

In the opening set, UST committed early service errors to give the National U the lead, but two consecutive blocks from Tin Ecalla cut the deficit to two points, 5-7. Despite the continuous errors from UST, NU had its fair share of errors also to make it a one-point game, 18-19.

The National U then responded with a late 5-0 rally to bring the ser at 18-23. UST showed grit as they sparked their own run at 4-0 making it a nail-biter at 22-23. Two consecutive attacks from National U ended UST’s run to ice the set at 22-25.

The second set started again with UST trailing by a small margin, 4-6. UST’s defense faltered, being unable to fend off powerful attacks and services from the National U as the deficit grew,  6-11. UST caught  momentum to spark a 3-0 run at 9-11. 

UST led for the first time in the game,18-14, courtesy of a 6-0 run. NU managed to catch up late at 24-24 which became the start of alternate deuces and set points from both teams but a Camille Lamina service ace and a Toring marker at the net ended the extension at 27-29.

Looking to extend the match in the third set, a demoralized Golden Tigresses trailed behind by a sizeable margin, 2-10. By the second technical timeout, UST allowed  National U to nab their biggest lead of the match, 7-16. The third set started and ended differently compared to the previous grueling set as the UST suffered a blowout to lose the game at 17-25.

With UST being the last team to face the National U in the regular season, they were the last chance for the post-season to avoid a stepladder format.

UST capped off their campaign with a 9-5 finish in UAAP S84 and will face the fourth seed that is yet to be determined between the Ateneo Blue Eagles or Adamson Lady Falcons. 

The Golden Tigresses will have to beat the fourth seed in a win-or-go-home situation to reach the semifinal against the second seed, the DLSU Lady Spikers, where they have to win twice to then reach the Finals against the NU Lady Bulldogs.

The schedule of the stepladder matches is yet to be announced.

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