University of the Philippines Lady Maroons:
Earlier in the day, the UP Lady Maroons’ series loss to UST dropped UP to second place in the standings. In a pivotal win against the DLSU Lady Jins, the Lady Jins from Diliman needed a miracle to win the tournament, the FEU Lady Tamaraws needed to secure an upset win over the defending champions.
With the entire University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University contingent seating side-by-side to cheer on the Lady Tamaraws on one side and the UST contingent on the other of the arena, the tension between both sides was thick. However, in a monumental turn of events, FEU defeated last year’s champions to give UP the UAAP Season 77 Women’s Taekwondo Championship.
In an interview with UP Coach Dap Dagdagan, he told us that the team was nervous the entire time during the FEU-UST series. This win is 7 years in the making for Coach Dagdagan, 3 years as a head coach. “We are thankful to the support you guys gave us”, Coach Dagdagan added. The next tournament the UP Jins would enter is the National Interschool Taekwondo Championship where in Coach Dagdagan will line-up their rookies to give them more tournament exposure and experience.
UP Team Captain Nicoele Sibug, even with a dislocated finger, willed her way in the final two days of the tournament. As team captain, she said that even with an injury she did not allow herself to be sidelined by it. It served as an inspiration to her teammates to push harder in the final stages of the tournament. With the help of Co-Captain Charizza Alombro, their leadership turned a group of individuals into one solid team.
A three-way tie for DLSU, UST, and FEU:
With the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws’ upset win over the University of Santo Tomas Lady Jins, a three-way tie in the standings happened between DLSU, UST, and FEU. All three teams ended with a 4-2 record. According to UAAP Commissioner Master Rocky Samson, in the event of a three-way tie, the quotient system is followed.
Here’s a breakdown of the quotient tiebreaker: