Tiger Jins keep UAAP title; female squad bags silver

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Season 75 MVP Christian Al de la Cruz sneaks an axe kick despite his height disadvantage against Guilliano de Dios of UP. Photo by Sherwin Marion T. Vardeleon

19 September 2012, 12:18 a.m. - THE UST Tiger Jins grabbed their second consecutive UAAP championship while the female squad improved to a silver finish at the end the Season 75 tournament at The Arena in San Juan late Tuesday night.

The juniors men's team of UST also won the gold.

With the score tied at two apiece, the Tiger Jins swept the last three matches capped by the win of newly minted Season 75 MVP Christian Al de la Cruz over UP's Guilliano de Dios in their heavyweight bout, 18-6.

"We had a hard time in the entire process but when the smoke cleared, it was just such a blessing for us," coach Dindo Simpao said.

The UST Lady Jins ended their campaign with a 5-1 win-loss card after thrashing last year's titlist Far Eastern University in their final game, 6-1.

They were one game behind the undefeated De La Salle University (6-0), which won the title for the first time in 14 years.

Down by one match, Jade Zafra thumped FEU's Ma. Cecilia Viray, 13-9, to give the Lady Jins their third win, 3-1.

They scored an effortless win in the next match after the Lady Tamaraws failed to send a player in the lightweight category en route to the second-place finish, 4-1.

UST also shines in poomsae

The UST poomsae teams also ruled their event as they finished with three gold and two silver medals.

World Poomsae medalist Shaneen Sia led the black-and-gold squad with a gold medal in the individual female event.

Sia also topped the mixed pair event after pairing with sophomore Marvin Gabriel, who settled for silver in the individual male event.

The trio of Marvin Gabriel, Ronnel Avenido and Rodolfo Reyes toppled contenders from UP and Ateneo de Manila University to top the team male tournament.

The triumvirate of Alexa Alferez, Yuei Murillo and Kristelle Salmon of UST added a silver in the female team event. Alexis U. Cerado and Jose Antonio R. Nisay

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