La Salle set to regain UAAP general championship

Mark Escarlote on May 03, 2016 05:11 PM
La Salle set to regain UAAP general championship
Powered by its conquest in women's volleyball, De La Salle University will bring back the general championship trophy to Taft Avenue when the 78th UAAP meet closes.

De La Salle University is set to regain the general championship trophy and edge University of Sto. Tomas with the Taft-based squad still waiting for the final position of their women’s football team in UAAP Season 78.

With still a championship or a runner-up finish pending for the Lady Green Booters against the University of the Philippines in the winner-take-all football final on Thursday, DLSU will collect its third general championship title and retake the crown won last year by UST.

The Espana-based squad as of now holds a total of 274 points coming from top finishes in women’s track and field, men’s and team taekwondo and women’s judo with 11 second place results and a bronze. 

DLSU has 270 points, but a possible 15 or 12 points of contribution from women’s football will formally hand the overall crown for the student-athletes of the green and white, which topped women’s indoor and beach volleyball, women’s chess, a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s table tennis led by female paddler and 2016 Rio Olympian Ian Lariba, and in baseball.

DLSU had two runner-up finishes and nine bronze medals. The school had decent finishes in other sports with only one seventh place result coming from men’s beach volleyball.        

“Sa amin naman kasi we strengthen the teams that need to be strengthened dahil dun lang naman namin mauungusan ang UST eh,” DLSU former athletic director and now executive director for advancement and alumni affairs Edwin Reyes told ABS-CBN Sports Tuesday when he accompanied the women’s volleyball champion Lady Spikers in the session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.  “Tingnan mo kung saan ang weakness mo (and dun ka magpalakas). “

This general championship according to Reyes shows the kind of sports program the school has. 

“It just shows that we have a very good sports tradition,” he said. “Malaki po siya para sa administrators kasi it’s a barometer of how you’re doing against the others (schools). Malaki ‘yun sa atin pero sa labas, ang tinitingnan lang naman ng tao ‘yung nakikita sa TV (na championship).

DLSU joined all the 15 sports in the seniors division and each contributed to bring the general championship back to Taft Avenue.

“Ang gawain namin sa sports office na at the start of the season nagko-commit na bawat team and that’s part of our yearly ritual and makikita mo na kung saan ka aabot so may commitment na ‘yun,” said Reyes.  Simple lang naman sa general championship e. You make sure that everything is strong and then all the teams are strong, you’ll get it.”

Each sports discipline championship is equivalent to 15 points, a runner-up result is worth 12 points, 10 points for third place, eight points for fourth, six for fifth, four for sixth, two for seventh and one point for an eighth place finish.

Ateneo is currently in third with still a championship game to play in men’s football against UP, sitting in the fourth spot followed by NU, Far Eastern U, University of the East and Adamson.

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