UAAP 82: UE secures 8th straight Men's Fencing Championship
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2020 11:05 AM
(Photo courtesy of the UAAP)
UNIVERSITY of the East virtually locked its eighth consecutive men's title after winning two team golds Thursday in the UAAP Season 82 Collegiate Fencing Tournament at the Paco Arena.
Behind two-time MVP Sammuel Tranquilan leading, the Red Warriors topped De La Salle, 45-30, to capture the men's team saber gold.
UE later fashioned out a 45-38 win over Ateneo in the men's team epee final, thanks to another scintillating showing by Tranquilan.
The Red Red Warriors scored a 45-35 win over the Green Fencers in the men's team epee semis to forge a duel with the Blue Eagles, a 45-36 winner over University of Santo Tomas in the other pairing.
UE now has four golds and two silvers after three days of competition.
The Warriors turned back the Growling Tigers, 45-38, in the men's team saber semifinals, while the Green Fencers beat the Blue Eagles, 45-41, in the other pairing.
Meanwhile, De La Salle won its first women's gold courtesy of its foil team.
The Lady Fencers withstood a late Lady Eagles charge in the Finals to score a 45-42 victory.
De La Salle's Divine Romero showed tremendous composure over reigning MVP Maxine Esteban as Ateneo fell short from its fightback from a 31-40 deficit.
The Taft-based side topped defending women's champion UE, 45-37, in the semifinals, while the Lady Eagles scored a 45-24 victory over University of the Philippines in the other semifinals pairing.
The Lady Warriors remain on top of the medal tally with a 2-1-3 haul heading into the final day of team events. De La Salle and Ateneo are tied in second place with one gold, one silver and one bronze.
Final day of the tournament starts at 8 a.m.