Unlike last season, this year’s UAAP Table Tennis Tournament hasn’t been one to remember for the University of the Philippines, and especially for the Fighting Maroons. Their 6-8 record after the second round prematurely ended their season. On the other hand, the Lady Maroons improved greatly to end the elimination round with a 10-4 record, from a first round record of 4-3.
Fighting Maroons’ season ends early
The only wins of the UP Fighting Maroons in the second round came from their 3-0 sweeps of the Ateneo de Manila University and Adamson University, and a five set thriller over the Far Eastern University.
The hotly-contested tie between UP and FEU consisted of UP winning the first set before FEU won the next two. The Fighting Maroons took the fourth and fifth set for a comeback win.
Jefferson De Jesus and Marco Eludo defeated their AdU counterparts John Enar and Carl Jimenez in the first two singles matches (3-0 and 3-2), while Dominic Duot and Rey Lamayan won against Kent Octavo and Devin Coraza with a score of 3-1.
However, those were the only positives as the Fighting Maroons suffered an inexplicable fall from grace, having finished first runners up in the previous campaign.
Defending champions De La Salle University, and the National University and University of the East all enjoyed 3-1 wins over the Fighting Maroons. The worst result of the Fighting Maroons came against the University of Santo Tomas, who swept them 3-0.
It’s a while yet until Season 79, but the Fighting Maroons will want to recover from this debacle of a season.
Lady Maroons improve greatly
In contrast to the Fighting Maroons, the Lady Maroons improved from their 4-3 record in the first round to finish 10-4 at end of the eliminations. They won six of their ties, with the one loss coming from reigning champions DLSU, already in the finals thanks to their 14-0 streak.
The Lady Maroons swatted aside ADMU and NU with 3-0 wins, while UE and UST were dispatched with scores of 3-1 and 3-2 respectively.
Arguably the most noteworthy win for the Lady Maroons was the one over fellow contenders FEU, 3-2. Jade Garcia, Celine and Richanda Ching, and Noriko Nishino all won for UP over Mae Gabutin, Jasmine Jaro and Lyndell Sellado, and Simone Siachua respectively. The scores for the matches were 3-1, 2-3, 3-0, 1-3 and 3-0.
The Lady Maroons are set to face the UST Lady Tigresses to determine who faces FEU in the next round of the step-ladder scenario.
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