The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers completed a 14-0 sweep after finishing off the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 3-1, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s table tennis tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City on Monday.
Gil Ablanque drew the first blood against NU’s Mark Huab in straight sets, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 while Paul Que sustained the winning momentum for UST after dispatching Cloyd Villamor, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8.
John Russel Misal and Celso Cubio Jr. provided some light for NU as they scored a 7-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 come-from-behind win against UST’s Norielle Pantoja and Rian Maldia in doubles.
But UST’s Alberto Bazar finished off NU by crushing Jake Ramirez in the third singles match, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8.
The UST Tigers also notched a 3-1 victory against the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, and a 3-0 win over the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles.
“The performance of the men’s team today is pretty good especially today is the second day. Their body condition went back [to normal]because during the first day of the second round, four of them got sick so we got close matches against our opponents. But today, we are at the top place so we really swept it,” UST head coach Jackson Que said.
In the women’s play, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers extended their winning streak to 46 after successfully sweeping the elimination round.
Lady Archer Jamaica Sy swept Irish Escobido in the first singles match, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6, while FEU’s Rose Jean Fadol bounced back and took away the second singles match from Emy Rose Dael, 9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 9-11.
La Salle’s duo of Ina Alleli Co and Mardeline Carreon beat Jasmin Jaro and Jandra Sacay, 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9.
Shamilla Pineda tied the match at two-all after beating Chantal Alberto in straight sets, 8-11, 11-13, 3-11.
Donna Gamilla survived FEU’s Regine Gabutin in a five-set thriller, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 13-11.
The Lady Archers also thumped the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors and the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 3-0.
“We are happy because we achieved the sweep in the first and second round but we are still eyeing for the finals. We will make big adjustments. We will first watch the videos of our contenders then we will adjust based on what we lack,” said La Salle head coach Lauro Crisostomo.