No more thrice-to-beat advantage for UAAP Season 79

No more thrice-to-beat advantage for UAAP Season 79
Good riddance to the thrice-to-beat advantage.

Change came, part two.

The other new rule set up for UAAP Season 79 is that the league has abandoned the thrice-to-beat incentive for teams that will sweep their respective elimination rounds.

Yes, that means no more extended finals series on all sports except football.

UAAP president Fr. Ermito de Sagon, O.P. of host UST made the announcement during the official press conference Tuesday at Novotel.

The team that swept the eliminations will still go to the finals outright but the championship will be decided via the usual best-of-3 affair.

Standard stepladder rules apply for the Final Four before that with the number 2 seed getting a twice-to-beat advantage.

The last time a team swept the eliminations in senior's basketball was in 2007 when the UE Red Warriors rode a 14-0 record all the way to the finals.

However, the Red Warriors lost the best-of-3 series in two games to the De La Salle Green Archers who returned after a year of suspension in Season 69.

The following year in Season 71, the thrice-to-beat advantage was established as an incentive for teams who sweep the eliminations.

Most recently in women's volleyball, rivals La Salle (Season 76) and Ateneo (Season 77) swept their respective elimination round campaigns.

The Lady Eagles beat the Lady Archers in Season 76 three times to win their first-ever title and then went on to win everything in Season 77 to go back-to-back.

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