UST bags double general championship in UAAP Season 77
Mark Escarlote on Apr 08, 2015 10:52 PM
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.
Meanwhile, UST also lorded it over in the Juniors Division after collecting 131 points, six points ahead of runner up and last year’s winner and season-host University of the East.
Though bagging only a single title in girls swimming, UST banked on its six bridesmaid finishes and good showing in its complete participation in all 13 sports events for its 16th high school general championship.
UE’s junior’s squad won six crowns in table tennis, taekwondo, boys volleyball, boy’s and girl’s fencing and athletics but had bad performances in other sports and did not field a team in football.
Ateneo De Manila high school is at third place with 109 points followed by De La Salle-Zobel (102), Far Eastern University (77), National University (62), University of the Philippine Integrated School (40) and Adamson University (38).
In the seniors 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 UST by four 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 the softball – the last event of the season where UST finally clinched the general championship after taking the third spot.
UP is in third place overall with 237 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 volleyball and men’s baseball.
FEU topped the women’s chess, men’s athletics and a double championship in football for a total of 193 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.
NU 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.
UE is seventh with 135 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 placing second in men’s chess.
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.