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Angel Mae Lorbes delivers in decider vs NU, gifts UST UAAP Women’s TKD back-to-back


After the last day’s thrill and drama, University of Santo Tomas still found itself the champion of the UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Kyorugi championships.

Angel Mae Lorbes proved that determination reaps success by powering the Female Tiger Jins past rival National University, 4-3, in the virtual championship battle, securing a back-to-back league title at the close of the Season 86 competitions on Wednesday night at the Marikina Sports Center.

This marks the school’s 13th crown overall and the sixth for the season after achieving the golden double in beach volleyball and taekwondo poomsae in the past two days.

Tied at three matches apiece, Lorbes took charge of the first round in the final match, the middle/heavyweight match (over-67 kg), propelling UST to the cusp of the title.

However, rookie Female Tiger Jin and Lady Bulldog Aila Calip couldn’t be separated in the following round.

Consequently, the judges unanimously declared Lorbes the winner of the second round and, eventually, the championship.

UAAP-86-Kyorugi-Angel-Lorbes-3 Angel Mae Lorbes delivers in decider vs NU, gifts UST UAAP Women's TKD back-to-back ADMU DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UP UST  - philippine sports newsCoach Gershon Bautista commented on what fueled the Female Tiger Jins in that ‘championship’ match, saying, “Mindset lang din talaga. Nandoon din ‘yung psychology, kung paano mo kakausapin ‘yung mga bata, on and off the court.”

With the mental side taken care of with the help of team psychologist Prof. Michael Lopez, it is what propelled eventual MVP Laizel Abucay to set off the thrilling finish as the squad faced a 0-3 deficit against the Lady Bulldogs.

The UST High School product dominated the pivotal featherweight (under-57 kg) match in just two rounds, blanking NU’s Sharifa Dela Cruz in both, 4-0 and 5-0.

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UAAP-86-Kyorugi-Awarding-SRS-Laizel-Abucay-MVP Angel Mae Lorbes delivers in decider vs NU, gifts UST UAAP Women's TKD back-to-back ADMU DLSU FEU News NU Taekwondo UAAP UP UST  - philippine sports news“Very overwhelming po nakuha namin kasi hindi po namin siya straight na nakuha. Yung first three na wins sa other side, so possible na makukuha yung fourth ng kabila. Pero, no, I needed to win and I don’t want to give it to the other side,” said the 21-year-old standout from Cagayan de Oro.

Realis Tabiando and last year’s top rookie Reign Ragutana added two more titles to the cause of the Female Tiger Jins, winning the lightweight (under-62 kg) and the welterweight (under-67 kg) categories, respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs, who finished second with a 4-1 win-loss card, were led by national athlete and bantamweight (under-53 kg) gold medalist Veronica Garces and backed by the flyweight (under-49 kg) title from Rajany Santos.

De La Salle University denied University of the Philippines’ challenge the previous day, 5-2, securing a third-place finish with a 3-2 win-loss slate.

Jade Papa and Aliyah Eusalan bagged the gold medals in the finweight (under-46 kg) and the middle/heavyweight (over-67 kg), respectively, to lead the Lady Green Jins, as first-year student-athlete and bantamweight silver medalist Angeline Alcantara was named the Rookie of the Year.

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