UAAP Season 81 table tennis: UST wins both men's and women's titles

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 16, 2018 11:29 AM
UAAP Season 81 table tennis: UST achieves golden double
UST won the UAAP Season 81 women's and men's table tennis championships.

The University of Santo Tomas swept the women's and men's championships Monday in the UAAP Season 81 table tennis tournament at the UP CHK Gym.

The Tigresses ended De La Salle's four-year dominance in the women's division, sweeping the Finals series via identical 3-2 scores.

The Growling Tigers nipped National University, 3-2, in the men's Finals opener and achieved a perfect 16-0 season with a 3-0 Game 2.

UST captured a record 27th men's title, while winning a league-best 13th championship in the distaff side.

The Tigresses placed second in the eliminations behind  the Lady Paddlers, who jumped straight into the Finals via 14-0 sweep.

But UST defied all the odds, as Shaeena Ronquillo outlasted De La Salle's Jhoana Go, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, in the deciding singles to clinch the series and end a 12-year title drought.

With five newcomers, the Bulldogs tried to put a valiant fight to extend their reign, but the Tigers proved too strong to overcome.

UST's Katrina Tempiatura and Paul Que won the women's and men's MVP awards, respectively.

Josh Castro of the Tigers and Jannah Romero of the Lady Paddlers emerged as the Rookie of the Year in their respective divisions.

In juniors table tennis, University of the East won the boys' title at the expense of UST, 3-1 and 3-0, as the Junior Warriors swept the best-of-three series, 2-0.

UE also nailed a golden double as its girls team topped De La Salle-Zobel, 3-0 and 3-2, for a 2-0 championship series.

UE's Bill Christian Perez and Ana Sofia Fabregas were named boys and girls MVPs.

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