UST owns UAAP Season 77, dethrones DLSU
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 28, 2015 12:00 AM
University of Sto. Tomas brought the UAAP general championship crown back to Espana after two years, dragging De La Salle off the throne.
The black and gold-clad student-athletes collected a total of 285 points with five first place finishes after fielding their men’s and women’s teams in all 15 sports disciplines played in the 77th edition of the country’s premiere collegiate league.
It is the Dominican-run university’s 40th seniors overall crown and first since De La Salle ended their 14-year dynasty in 2013.
In the first semester, UST reigned supreme in the women’s beach volleyball, men’s taekwondo and in both the men’s and women’s judo.
It was a dry second semester for UST after topping only in the women’s athletics but bagged four of the schools five runner up finishes in men’s and women’s tennis and in both fencing divisions. The other silver medal won by UST was in the men’s beach volleyball in the first sem.
DLSU trailed by five points in the overall race as their painful losses in the men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s football and a bad outing in softball did them in.
The Taft-based athletes got the title in the men’s and women’s table tennis and men’s chess but got a miserable result in centerpiece men’s basketball losing the crown and finishing third.
DLSU fell short in the women’s volleyball, men’s football and baseball finals and was fourth in softball – the last event of the season where UST finally clinched the general championship after taking the third spot.
University of the Philippines is in third place overall with 236 points coming from their title romp in the women’s badminton, women’s taekwondo and poomsae (taekwondo) with second place finishes in men’s and women’s table tennis, men’s and women’s swimming, softball and women’s football.
Their Katipunan neighbor, Ateneo, placed fourth with 216 points after taking the crown in both swimming divisions, women’s and men's volleyball and men’s baseball.
Far Eastern University topped the women’s chess, men’s athletics and a double championship in football for a total of 198 points in fifth.
The Morayta-based school were second in men’s and women’s basketball and in women’s athletics but failed to field any team in judo, swimming, tennis, baseball and softball.
National University banked on their first men’s basketball title after 60 years, women’s cage crown, men’s badminton win and in ruling the men’s beach volleyball to take the sixth spot with 185 points even after skipping nine events.
Season host University of the East is seventh with 131 while Adamson University placed last with 105.
UE swept the fencing event and placed second in men’s taekwondo while Adamson’s best finish this season is winning its fifth straight softball crown.
The overall champion is determined using the points system where the event champion will get 15 points, 12 to the runner up, and the third placer will have 10. The fourth to last teams will get eight, six, four, two and one, according to final position. No point shall be given to schools that will not field a team in an event.
UE will officially pass the hosting rights to UP at the Season 77 closing ceremony on the second week of April.