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UAAP ROUNDUP

UE, UST capture fencing crowns

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer



MANILA, Philippines -- University of the East and University of Santo Tomas snagged top honors in the UAAP fencing tournament over the weekend at the Ateneo Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City.

UE captured the women?s championship with Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Michelle Bruzola powering the Amazon fencers to a three gold-one silver-four bronze medal finish, while UST ruled the men?s action with a 3-1-2 haul.

The Amazons also swept the women?s individual awards with Bruzola bagging the Most Valuable Player plum and Czarina Rhona Arandia clinching the Rookie of the Year award.

UST veteran Jose Miguel Cagalingan bagged the men?s MVP title while Joshua Paunil earned the top rookie citation.

Bruzola ruled the individual epee and also towed UE to the team epee gold, while Mary Rose Alfonso secured the third gold in the individual sabre.

Cagalingan also provided two of UST?s three gold medals with wins in the individual and team foil. The third UST triumph came from Arnel Bernal (individual epee).

In football, Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University arranged a championship showdown in the men?s competition even as the race for the second title slot remained tight in the women?s division with FEU earlier clinching the first crown berth.

The Ateneo booters battled to a 1-1 draw against the University of the Philippines Maroons last Sunday at the Erenchun Field and nailed a finals berth with a 6-1-2 win-draw-loss slate.

FEU ousted last year?s champion UST with a 3-1 victory for a similar 6-1-2 card.

UP remained unbeaten in eight games in softball while UST claimed the solo lead in baseball with an 8-1 slate.

In volleyball, the FEU Tamaraws halted the UST Tigers? phenomenal 13-game winning run in the men?s tournament to share top spot with their victims.

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