UST jins kick off title defense with back-to-back wins
Mark Escarlote on Oct 13, 2015 04:06 PM
University of Sto. Tomas knocked two wins in a row to start its title-retention bid in the men's taekwondo tournament.
University of Sto. Tomas stormed past its opening day opponents Tuesday as the Tigers made a strong statement of their intention to keep the men’s title in the 78th UAAP taekwondo tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.
The Tigers behind last season’s rookie of the year Aries Capispisan dominated Far Eastern University, 6-1, after a 5-2 mastery of Ateneo de Manila for a complete sweep of their Day 1 schedule. It is UST's eighth straight tie win since making a clean sweep of last year's edition.
The Blue Eagles rebounded from its loss by squeaking past University of the Philippines, 4-3, in an exciting wind up clinched by a left foot attack by Joel Felipe Alejandro in the sudden death of the seventh match of the tie.
Alejandro landed a sweet snap kick on the mid-section of the much taller Gio De Dios after faking a right attack to seal the victory and ignite the jubilation of the crowd in blue.
Meanwhile, University of the East collared a big upset as the Lady Warriors downed the women’s titleholder Lady Maroons, 5-2.
De La Salle, on the other hand, banked on Paola Amon and Gabrielle Yuchingtat to help the Taft-based lady jins escape with a 4-3 victory over National University.
The Lady Bulldogs took the lead, 3-2, on a close 17-15 win of Rheeza Aragon against DLSU’s Camille Bonje. Amon defeated Grace Gaffin, 13-11, to equalize before Yuchingtat outclassed Rhezie Aragon, 17-5.
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