UP edges La Salle to bag first UAAP women’s football crown

by David Tristan Yumol

The UP Women's Football Team bagged its first ever UAAP title after beating La Salle, 2-1! ‪#‎GoalUP‬ ‪#‎UPFight‬ ‪#‎ForRogie‬ Photo by David Tristan Yumol
UP President Alfredo Pascual pose with the members of the UP Women’s Football Team after a successful championship campaign in the UAAP Season 78 Tournament, bagging the title after beating De La Salle University, 2-1. Photo by David Tristan Yumol

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons won their first UAAP championship via an upset of top-seeded De La Salle University, 2-1, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Cristina delos Reyes provided the much-needed lift for the Diliman-based booters by scoring a penalty kick during the 50th minute.

However, a penalty was also awarded to La Salle’s Sara Castaneda in the 61st minute after UP’s Aira Agustin was called for a yellow card in their collision inside the box.

She comfortably scored the kick to tie the game at one apiece.

Six minutes after that goal from the Taft-based booters, Angeliza Sta. Clara scored a fantastic header from a corner kick to bring back the lead to the Lady Maroons, 2-1.

From there, UP did not let La Salle score as they sealed their first ever championship in the women’s football event of the 78 year-old league.

In a post-game interview, Sta. Clara admitted she did not expect to score her winning goal which was not a perfect hit though.

“I didn’t saw where the ball was going after I made that header. I felt surprised that luckily, the ball went inside the goal box,” she said.

Coach Anto Gonzales was proud of what his girls achieved after going through a challenging season.

“It was a tough game at the first half. Fortunately, we pulled away in the second half with those lucky breaks,” he mentioned.

Molly Manalansan was named Most Valuable Player at the awarding rites graced by UP President Alfredo Pascual and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan.

UP absorbs tough loss against La Salle

by David Tristan Yumol

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The La Salle Lady Archers try to block off Lady Maroon Kathy Bersola’s drop, ultimately leading to their victory. Photo by Hannah Paguila.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons suffered a stinging defeat at the hands of De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-18, 12-25, 18-25, 21-25, in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

Rookie Diana Carlos was the lone double-digit scorer for the Diliman-based spikers with 14 points. Fellow rookie Isa Molde and skipper Kathy Bersola added eight and seven points respectively as UP slid to a 6-4 record in the team standings.

“We failed to stick [to] our game plan. Coach wants us to work on our first touch, which is the service and first ball. We don’t know what happened today,” Bersola said.

Things are looking good for the Maroons in the first set as they scored six unanswered points led by Carlos’ kills after being down 0-4.

The momentum continued when UP tallied its biggest lead, 24-16, mostly off aces from Nicole Tiamzon and Molde. They eventually closed the set with a seven-point lead.

A complete turnaround happened during the second set when the Archers started an onslaught of attacks to lead early, 8-3.

La Salle, eventually, made a huge scoring spree midway through the set with their 9-0 run to grab a commanding 15-point deficit, 21-6.

UP tried to get back on track by scoring five unanswered points at the homestretch of the set, 12-24, but failed to end it with a respectable act by committing a service error.

The third set exposed more of UP’s vulnerability as their spikes were not converted to points anchored by the impressive defense at the net of crowd darling Mika Reyes and team captain Kim Fajardo.

Spikes from Archer Mary Joy Baron also bared the defensive lapses of the Maroons especially on who will get the ball after the attack was made.

These mistakes were somehow corrected early in the fourth set when UP had good touches and benefitted from the aces of Hope Christian High standouts Molde and Carlos that kept La Salle’s lead to one, 7-8.

The Archers, however, capitalized on their attacks through the efforts of Kim Dy and Ara Galang to close out the win for the Taft-based spikers.

Despite the defeat, Bersola was optimistic that their performance in this outing was a learning experience for the team.

“I don’t want to feel this way anymore. That’s what I want to instill with my teammates. I don’t want to happen like in the past seasons when we pull away from the games that we know we are capable of winning,” she said.

Bersola added, “This kind of games will teach us our individual playing capabilities and what will lose to us if we give away the win to our opponents.”

Dy and Reyes both contributed 14 points while Galang added 12 points for La Salle.

Next game for UP will be this Sunday against University of the East, 2 pm, at the Philsports Arena.

Lucky bounce for UP as volleyball teams score wins

by David Tristan Yumol

It was a productive day for the University of the Philippines (UP) volleyball teams as they piled up wins in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 volleyball wars Wednesday at the San Juan Arena.

The Lady Maroons returned in their winning ways by upending the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 26-24, 25-27, 25-21, 25-19.

Rookie sensation Isa Molde stamped her class in the game with 23 points. While team skipper Kathy Bersola somehow found her rhythm already, notching 11 points.

The first two sets were close as both teams showed their promising wares in the court.

It was UP who ruled the first set, 26-24, with star spiker Nicole Tiamzon and Molde taking turns in scoring.

However, Adamson capitalized UP’s errors in the homestretch of the second set to win it, 27-25.

Molde scored the crucial points late in the third canto to give the set victory for the Lady Maroons, 25-21.

While in the fourth set, the Lady Maroons contained Adamson’s lead spiker Jessica Galanza in scoring to finish the game and nail their second win in four outings.

UP head coach Jerry Yee was pleased with this victory of his wards.

“I am satisfied with the composure of my team in this ga0 This game is important if we want to enhance our chances in the Final Four,” Yee said.

Galanza and team captain Mylene Paat were the only bright spots for the San Marcelino-based spikers, scoring 25 and 23 points respectively.

The Lady Maroons evened their win-loss slate to two apiece while the Lady Falcons fell to 1-3 record.

Earlier in the day, the Fighting Maroons stinged another highly-favored opponent by humbling De La Salle University in four sets, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25.

Wendel Miguel led the charge for UP with 15 points, 13 of which are through spikes. John Mark Millete and team captain Alfred Valbuena added 13 and 11 points respectively for the Diliman-based spikers.

The men’s team tallied their third straight victory after losing their first game. In their previous game last February 13, the Fighting Maroons did a shocker early at the season by sweeping former titlist National University, 25-19, 25-20, 31-29.

Raymark Woo of De La Salle’s game-high 26 points went for naught as the Taft-based spikers lost their third straight outing after winning their first.

Next games for the State U volleyball teams will be this Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. In the morning at 8 am, the Fighting Maroons will try to extend their magical run as they face defending champions Ateneo de Manila University. While the Lady Maroons will go head-to-head with Far Eastern University in the afternoon at 4 pm.

DLSU exacts revenge on UP in second round

by John Remil Isaga

Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer UP Fighting Maroons
Jett Manuel looks for opportunities to drive through the La Salle Archers. Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Photographer

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers escaped a dangerous University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons squad, eking out a 72-68 win in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum, Wednesday.

With this victory, the Taft-based squad tied defending champions National University with a 6-7 record in the battle for the last Final Four slot. While UP fell to 3-10, leading by a half game over Adamson University.

Jeron Teng led the DLSU pack with 20 points, while Paolo Rivero and Thomas Torres also gave the Archers a huge lift by combining for 29 points and 28 rebounds.

UP’s leading scorer Jett Manuel finished with a team-high 15 points but he blanked all his five attempts from three-point land. Dave Moralde also caught fire in this game, finishing with 14 points.

The Maroons were ice-cold from the opening tip. They finished the first quarter with just six points as they failed to convert their 14 attempts in the perimeter.

However, the Archers were caught off-guard at the second quarter, as the Maroons went on a 14-3 scoring spree to tear down their deficit to just one point at the half. A pair of three-pointers from Moralde and Pio Longa gave the UP faithful hope that their team could duplicate its remarkable 71-66 win during the first round.

UP continued its hot streak and extended their lead to four at the start of the third canto. However, the team was called for a technical foul when the DLSU coaching staff noticed that Longa wore the wrong team shorts.

Both teams then went back and forth with multiple field goals from an assortment of players which sent the coliseum rocking with deafening cheers. The Archers trailed by three at the end of the third, 49-52.

With their Final Four hopes on the line, the Archers went on a game-deciding 11-0 rally to put them up by nine, 69-60. UP trimmed down their deficit with a small 6-0 run but it wasn’t enough as a pair of charities from Teng put them away for good.

“We were aware that our last two games are very crucial,” said Teng after the game. “So I told myself and my teammates to take it one game at a time.”

UP will play its final game of the season against their first game victim University of the East Red Warriors next Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

 

Final Scores:

UP (68) – Manuel 15, Moralde 14, Desiderio 10, Dario 9, Longa 8, Amar 6, Kone 2, Vito 2, Gallarza 2, Juruena 0, Harris 0, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0

DLSU (72) – Teng 20, Rivero 18, Torres 11, Torralba 8, Caracut 7, Perkins 4, Muyang 2, Langston 2, Go 0

Lady Archers romp Maroons anew in UAAP Volleyball

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

by David Tristan Yumol

The undefeated De La Salle University continued its winning streak by disposing the University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-23, 25-12, in the second round of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Ara Galang led the Taft-based squad with 17 points, including 12 spikes. Team skipper Abigail Maraño scattered 11 points, while crowd darling Mika Reyes tossed in seven points for the Lady Archers, who are already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

Team captain Angeli Araneta led the Maroons in scoring with 11 points, ten of which came from attacks. Katherine Bersola added 10 points but these were not enough for the Lady Maroons to make an upset.

La Salle dominated the first set with ease, but UP put up a scare in the second frame. The Maroons scored six unanswered points to lead early, 8-2. The Archers fought gallantly halfway through the set and came close at 13-12, but UP dropped three more points to secure the momentum in the second technical timeout.

DLSU came back with vengeance after the break, exploding with an 11-5 run through the efforts of Galang and Maraño to escape a close win in the second set.

In the third set, the Archers blazed in a commanding 12-2 lead to show their strength as the best team in the league. UP managed to score some aces midway of the set but the towering presence of La Salle stood out to end the match in a dominant style.

DLSU is three wins away from sweeping the season while UP absorbed its tenth loss in 11 games.

Maroon booters drop second loss vs DLSU, 2-1

The University of the Philippines’ quest of reclaiming the title they last won in 2012 took a blow after suffering two consecutive losses in UAAP Season 76 Football Tournament at the FEU-Diliman field.

by John Edison Ubaldo

The University of the Philippines’ quest of reclaiming the title they last won in 2012 took a blow after suffering two consecutive losses in UAAP Season 76 Football Tournament at the FEU-Diliman field.

The Fighting Maroons earlier endured a tough 2-0 opening day loss against UE, the only team who was not able to register any win last season.

With the upset at the back of their minds, UP started energetic early in Friday’s game. Striker Jinggoy Valmayor almost netted a goal in 9th minute but his attempt flew over the bar.

The Green Archers retaliated in the ensuing play as Charleston Uy converted a miss by Nathan Alquiros in the 11th minute for the lone goal in the first half, 1-0.

UP refused to give up and mounted a comeback as the Maroons’ resilience led to a game-tying goal by Valmayor in the opening minute of the second half, 1-1.

But the Lasallian squad ran away with another goal courtesy of Inigo Gonzales in the 50th minute, 2-1, to retake the lead for good.

The UP Maroons remain at the cellar of the standings with no points to show, while DLSU is tied for fourth with Ateneo garnering three points. The Red Warriors, meanwhile, is the solo front runner with nine points after picking their third win versus NU earlier Friday.

The Maroon booters will next face National University on Tuesday, December 3, 1pm at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

NU dethrones UP; bags 1st cheerdance crown

The National University notched a historic first-ever UAAP Cheerdance Competition championship title as they bested three-peat defending champion University of the Philippines, in front of 20, 830 spectators, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

by Anton Onato

Photos by Marlon Nombrado and Luis Adrian Hidalgo

UPDATED Sept. 16, 11:46 p.m.

The National University notched a historic first-ever UAAP Cheerdance Competition championship title as they bested three-peat defending champion University of the Philippines, in front of 20, 830 spectators, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

NU Pep Squad tallied 696.5 points with their Sahara-themed routine, while UP Pep Squad’s party-themed routine fell behind with 620.5 points. De La Salle University finished third with their Army-themed routine, garnering 596.5 points.

The Bulldogs, who improved to a third place finish last year from a measly sixth place performance in 2011, dominated and topped almost all the  technical departments (tumbling, stunts, tosses, and pyramids). They placed second in dance behind UP Pep Squad.

“Dun talaga kami nagfocus sa dance kasi dun kami mahina last year. However, magaling talaga ang UP sa sayaw. Hands down ng sobra (We really focused on dance because that’s our weakness last year. UP is really good in dancing. Hands down,” said Adrian Alban, NU’s team captain.

Alban also thanked the UP crowd who cheered for their victory during the event.

“Kahit na hindi kami taga UP, naramdaman pa din namin ‘yung pagmamahal ninyo at pagsuporta sa amin. Alam kong competition ‘to pero pinakita ninyo na marunong kayong umappreciate ng ibang school (Even though we’re not from UP, we still felt your love and support for us. I know this is a competition, but you showed us that you know how to appreciate other schools),” said Alban.

Despite four major falls in their routine, the UP Pep Squad remained positive that they will pull off another podium finish. “Iba kasi ‘yung degree of difficulty ng mga stunts namin (Our stunts are on a different degree of difficulty),” said captain Lian Melegrito.

Meanwhile, NU also topped the Group Stunt competition while Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas finished second and third, respectively. La Salle’s Ana De Leon was named this year’s Samsung Stunner.

The top three teams received P340,000, P200,000 and P140,000 respectively. Rounding up the competition were last year’s runner-up FEU, Adamson University, University of the East, UST and Ateneo de Manila University finishing fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth place.

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Archers’ fourth quarter onslaught rips Maroons, 85-63

Under their new head coach, the University of the Philippines still could not translate their first half rhythm up until the final buzzer as they were walloped by the De La Salle University, 85-63, in the UAAP Men’s Basketball on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

by Jason Mercene

Under their new head coach, the University of the Philippines still could not translate their first half rhythm up until the final buzzer as they were walloped by the De La Salle University, 85-63, in the UAAP Men’s Basketball on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ahead by seven at halftime, it seems the debuting coach Rey Madrid finally found out the right formula to drive the squad for their first win until the Archers threw the knockout punch in the final salvo, outscoring the hapless Maroons, 24-7.

With only five games remaining in the elimination round, UP failed to break in the winning column as they dropped their record to 0-9.

Point guard Henry Asilum played his best game so far this season, waxing hot 18 points in a four out of five shooting in the rainbow territory while center Raul Soyud displayed efficiency in the court, pulling off double-double production with 11 points and 16 rebounds on a losing effort.

“Sa ngayon medyo magulo pa kasi lahat sanay kay Coach Ricky [Dandan] tapos gusto ‘yung sistema niya. Ngayon s’yempre ang laki ng ina-adjust namin,” said Soyud, who was fouled out late in the fourth.

The rejuvenated Asilum fired off back-to-back treys midway in the second quarter as UP dropped a 14-4 blast before forward Martin Pascual nailed a buzzer beating triple in the corner that made the UP faithful up on their feet.

It was a different story come second half as the Maroons struggled on the field while the Archers found their range in the perimeter and muscled their way to the paint, causing foul trouble for UP.

A Kyles Lao putback gave a 56-54 lead for the Maroons that served to be their last stand for their upset bid against the Archers.

“Minimum changes, maximum retention when it comes to system, when it comes to plays, when it comes to adjustments, that’s my direction right now,” said Madrid, who is back in UAAP action after his coaching stint in 1989 to 1993 in UP.

DLSU’s Jason Perkins and Norbert Torres dominated the paint with a combined monster figure of 35 markers and 30 caroms while Almond Vosotros gathered 16 points and seven assists.

UP’s next game is against Adamson University next Saturday, August 31 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Box Scores:

DLSU 85 – Perkins 19, Vosotros 16, Torres 16, Teng 12, Van Opstal 7, Revilla 6, Montalbo 5, Tampus 4

UP 63 – Asilum 18, Soyud 11, Marata 11, Wong 6, Lao 6, Harris 4, Desiderio 4, Pascual 3

Quarter scores: 23-20, 35-42, 61-56, 85-63