UST leads general championship race
Mark Escarlote on Dec 13, 2016 12:52 PM
University of Sto. Tomas on top of the general championship race after UAAP Season 79 first semester.
Conquests from different fronts gave University of Sto. Tomas a 12-point edge against its closest pursuer reigning champion De La Salle in the seniors general championship race after the first semester of UAAP Season 79.
Gunning for its 41st overall crown, the Espana-based squad won six titles in the first half of the season including a clean sweep of beach volleyball and judo to amass 161 points.
UST is ahead of repeat-seeking DLSU, which collected 149 points.
The Tigers and Tigresses lorded it over on the sand court with the tandem of Cherry Rondina and Jem Guttierez reclaiming the title they lost last year in the women's division while the uncle-nephew pair of KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto swept the 9-match tournament without dropping a single set to quench a seven-year men's crown drought.
The UST judokas also dominated their event with the Tigers capturing a league-best 12th men’s title while the Tigresses won their third straight women’s championship – and ninth overall.
UST also earned titles in men's taekwondo and men's table tennis. The host school had runner-up finishes in women's taekwondo, poomsae and in women's table tennis.
DLSU for their part captured the center-piece men's basketball crown after three seasons.
The Taft-based squad also bagged the gold medal in poomsae and women's table tennis while settling for second place in women's basketball, men's table tennis and men's swimming.
Running third in the overall race is University of the Philippines (123 points) after scooping titles in women swimming.
Ateno de Manila's lone gold came from men's swimming but the Katipunan-based school's runner-up finishes in men's basketball, men's and women's badminton, men's judo and women's swimming earned them a fourth spot position with 117 points.
At fifth place is National University with its 109 points earned with the bulk coming from championships in women's basketball, men's badminton and women's taekwondo.
Far Eastern University is sixth (78 points) followed by University of the East (67) and Adamson (47).
Second semester sports are baseball, softball, volleyball, football, chess, fencing, lawn tennis and track and field.
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