DE La Salle University ended a 13-year title drought in table tennis by sweeping Far Eastern University in the best-of-three championship series of UAAP table tennis over the weekend at the Ateneo Blue Eagles gym in Katipunan, Quezon City.
La Salle, which was led by Most Valuable Player winner Walden Ledesma, son of Table Tennis Association of the Philippines president and former national player Ting Ledesma, defeated FEU in Game 2, 3-1, to snare the men’s division which they last won in 2000.
The Green Archers also won Game 1 in via the same score.
University of the Philippines overcame De La Salle’s thrice-to-beat advantage to regain the UAAP women’s table tennis crown.
Lusha Maderal scored the 3-2 win for the Lady Maroons in Game 3 with an 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 win against La Salle’s Marcelle Galera.
The UP women’s team became the first team in any sport in the league to overhaul a thrice-to-beat edge since the finals format was introduced in 2008.
The Lady Archers earned the advantage for sweeping the 14-game eliminations.
The Lady Maroons’ Joma Sibal was named Most Valuable Player, while teammate Nishino Noriko was Rookie of the Year.
UP won the first two matches via identical 3-1 scores to send the duel to a Game 3.
John Russel Misal of University of Santo Tomas was Rookie of the Year in the men’s side.
In the juniors, University of the East beat National University’s thrice-to-beat edge as the Junior Warriors swept the Bullpups in the championship round to regain the crown.
JOSEF T. RAMOS