UST sweeps UAAP men's, women's tennis titles
02/05/2007 | 04:28 PM
Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us The University of Santo Tomas (UST) dominated Season 69 of the UAAP games, sweeping the men's and women's tennis title.
According to the league's official result sent on Monday to media organizations, UST blanked out the University of the Philippines (UP) at the close of the men's eliminations on Sunday to complete the title sweep.
The UST women's team was the first to win the crown with a 4-0 shutout of UP in the tennis competitions staged at the Rizal Racket Club in Pasig City.
James Cañete beat league veteran Nathaniel Guadayao, 7-6, 5-7, 6-5 (retired) in the first singles.
Wilbur Orillano and Alexander Diego followed it up with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Jeremiah Sison and James Pang for a 2-0 lead before they became unreachable with Ryan Repunte hacking out a hard-earned 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 win over Eufracio Dimayuga in the other singles match.
Repunte had to be rushed to a nearby hospital because of severe leg cramps and dehydration after the match lasted three hours.
The last two matches — singles and doubles — were no longer played, giving back the title to UST, which yielded its throne to De La Salle University last year.
UP settled for second place this season with a 4-2 win-loss card behind the 5-0 of UST, while UE (1-4) and Ateneo (0-5) were third and fourth, respectively, in the men's contest.
The scene wasn't different at all in the women's side where UST — 4-0 for the season — won its third league title since 2002.
Martina Rivero set the tone for UST's sweep when she beat Ana Ysabel Soriano, 6-3, 6-3. Ara Micayabas and Kwin Bilugan then defeated Karen Guillermo and Micah Valenzuela, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4, before in the first doubles event.
Angel Macatangay, May Herrera, and Kathy Casto completed the rout for the Tigresses, who shoved UP to runnerup honors with its 2-2 record and former champion Ateneo settling for third place with 0-4.
Tigers Orillano was named men's Most Valuable Player (MVP) and James Cañete and Ryan Repunte were Rookies of the Year (ROYs). Micayabas was picked women's MVP while Michelle Pang of Ateneo snatched ROY honors. - GMANews.TV