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September 2016 Varsity Games Recap

The words “September” and “Sports” both start with the same letter. Coincidence? I think not! This September 2016, four UA&P Varsity Teams have been sweating and pounding hard in court in two different sports leagues: the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) and the Subaru Intercollegiate Futsal Tournament. If you weren’t able to witness the Dragons fight in person, then brace yourselves and read on!

WNCAA 47th Season

Women’s Basketball

The UA&P Women's Basketball Team © Juan Santos

The UA&P Women’s Basketball Team
© Juan Santos

The UA&P Women’s Basketball Team has been red-hot these past weekends, winning three of their four games! Their first game, held last September 3 in Makati Coliseum, was a very close game against Miriam College (MC), our Dragons winning only by 3 points with a final score of 40-37. UA&P was trailing by 2 points at the end of the third quarter but was able to regain their tempo at the fourth. Captain ball Katherine Gatmaitan (#17) lit up the scoreboard as she nailed almost half of the team’s total score with 18 points.

Their second game, against Assumption College San Lorenzo (ACSL), was held last September 11 at the St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) gymnasium. UA&P was consistent in scoring, never letting their opponent take the lead at the end of every quarter. Hannah Sy (#14) was the leading scorer with 14 points, followed closely by Gatmaitan with 10. UA&P defeated ACSL with a final score of 47-41.

The third game pit the UA&P Dragons against the SSC Scions last September 18, 2016, at the SSC’s home gym. UA&P proved that “home court advantage” is no such thing as they stormed over the defenders at home. Almost the whole UA&P team got a piece of the pie as 9 of the 10 ballers who played scored at least a bucket. Sy and Gatmaitan led the charge, combining for 20 points. The final score was 44-24 in favor of our Dragons.

Their last September match was UA&P against San Beda College Alabang (SBCA). It was held last September 25 at the SSC gym. UA&P was leading at halftime, but three Bedan sharpshooters from downtown were suddenly on fire at the 2nd half, shifting the momentum to the opponent’s court. San Beda, with a lot of team depth, took the victory from UA&P with a final score of 50-30, breaking the latter’s 3-game winning streak.

UA&P, determined to get back on their feet, trains even harder as they prepare to face Centro Escolar University (CEU) on October 2.

Women’s Volleyball

The UA&P Women's Volleyball Team © Nicole Ayson

The UA&P Women’s Volleyball Team
© Nicole Ayson

The UA&P Women’s Volleyball Team has been able to put up a good show in their games so far. Their first game, held last September 11 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, was a very close match against SSC. Both teams were very persistent in winning the first set. It was only after several ties that SSC was able to clinch the 31-29 victory and led 1-0. The second set was also a very close one, with SSC only winning by three points, 25-22. SSC capitalized on this 2-0 momentum in order to take the third set 25-16. SSC won over UA&P with a final score of 3-0.

The Women’s Volleyball Team’s second game was against Philippine Women’s University (PWU) and was held last September 18 also at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The PWU Patriots took all three sets from the Dragons with scores of 25-10, 25-8, and 25-17. Despite their best efforts, UA&P wasn’t able to get back on their feet and lost to PWU, 0-3.

Defending champions San Beda College Alabang (SBCA) lorded it over UA&P last September 25. SBCA took all three sets, out-hustling UA&P even if the Dragons gave their very best. The scores per set were 25-14, 25-9, and 25-16, all in favor of San Beda.

UA&P has a tough road to hoe as they prepare to battle it out with ACSL next Sunday, October 2. They’ not out of it yet. Win or lose, #UNITAS.

Women’s Futsal

© UA&P Women's Futsal Team

© UA&P Women’s Futsal Team

With four senior players having recently graduated, the young UA&P Women’s Futsal Team is very eager to prove itself. Their first game in the WNCAA 47th season was against PWU. The game was held last September 11 at the UA&P PSB. During the first half, UA&P committed several defensive errors that led to two PWU shots hitting the back of the net at the 15th and 17th minutes of the game. This put PWU in a dominant position that lasted throughout the game. The dragon rookies and goalkeeper stepped up to the plate in defending the goal in the second half, keeping PWU from scoring any more than a couple. The final whistle blew with PWU winning a 2-0 victory.

The team’s second game was held last September 18, when UA&P faced off against CEU. UA&P was dominating CEU with pinpoint passing accuracy and multiple goal attempts, but they could not connect. CEU scored a goal with a counter-attacking play, taking advantage of UA&P’s momentarily open defense. The game ended with a CEU win, with the final score of 1-0.

The third game is a story similar to UA&P vs CEU. On September 25, UA&P gave MC a hard time in the Dragons’ nest with plenty of shots on target. The MC goalie almost failed to keep a clean sheet. But through a Katipunera counterattack, MC was able to score a goal that sealed their fate. UA&P, still holding on, played their heart out, but lacked that finishing touch. MC won by only one goal, with the final score of 1-0 in favor of the away team.

The UA&P Women’s Futsal Team has been unlucky their past three games, but they’ve still got plenty of football left. They’re gearing up to face San Beda College Alabang on October 2 at home.

Subaru Intercollegiate Futsal Tournament

Men’s Futsal

Captain Lorenzo Hermosa (#7) © Mafe Sanchez, UA&P Media Management Committee

Captain Lorenzo Hermosa (#7)
© Mafe Sanchez, UA&P Media Management Committee

The UA&P Men’s Futsal Team roared with authority as they won two and nabbed a draw in their three games this month. The Subaru Intercollegiate Futsal Tournament in UA&P’s Parking and Sports Building officially opened last September 3 with an explosive first match featuring UA&P vs Ateneo. The huge crowd was at the edge of their seats as they watched Paolo Garciano (#9) of UA&P score the first goal, but anxiety rose as Raffy Fermin (#8) of Ateneo tied the game at 1-1 shortly after. At that point, it was nobody’s game. But with UA&P’s superior chemistry, team captain Enzo Hermosa (#7) and Garciano’s hat trick boosted UA&P to a 4-1 win.

It was a great start for the defending MNCAA champions, and they continued their forward momentum with a win against New Era University (NEU) last September 10, also in UA&P. It was again Hermosa and Garciano combining for two goals, but this time, Louie Cacho contributed a third goal for the home team. New Era’s Dave Rebtutar scored one, but their efforts proved futile. UA&P proved the better team with a final score of 3-1.

The third game was the much awaited #ElClasico between UA&P and rival Enderun Colleges’ Team A. With a big crowd  featuring lots of fans from both sides, both teams were determined to show the other who’s boss. UA&P’s Judd Villacrusis, Luigio Miranda, and Coby Daez each scored an electrifying goal. Enderun’s Heo and Orlandez combined for three goals as well. At the last few seconds, the game was a nail-biter; both teams were gritty to score that fourth goal to lock in the win. However, in the end, the rivals were at equal footing as they reached a draw at 3-3.

The Titans and the Dragons go back in their respective home gyms  to train harder, eager to lash at each other again in the games to come. But for now, UA&P is preparing to play against Colegio de San Juan de Letran on October 1, as the Subaru Intercollegiate Futsal Tournament advances to the quarter finals.

Be sure to catch the action this October as things heat up and the tournaments advance!

For more information on the WNCAA 47th season, check out  their official website: http://www.wncaaph.com/WNCAA47/index.html
Also , check our their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/wncaa/
For more information on the Subaru Intercollegiate Futsal tournament, check out their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/UAPIFT/