MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - De La Salle University may still be hurting from its loss in women's volleyball, but the Green Archers are bound to become the proudest among the eight teams when they hoist the general championship trophy during the UAAP Season 76 closing ceremony on Saturday at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.
La Salle bagged six titles – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s taekwondo and table tennis, women’s judo and women’s chess – to claim the UAAP general championship for the second consecutive season.
La Salle tallied 289 points overall, beating University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The Growling Tigers, despite winning only two events – women’s taekwondo and poomsae – settled for second place with 274 points on account of its second-place finishes in men’s basketball, beach volleyball, taekwondo and athletics, and in women’s beach football volleyball, fencing and athletics.
It marks De La Salle’s second general championship in the 76-year-old league, which continues to be dominated by UST (39 overall titles) and Far Eastern University (FEU) with 16.
University of the Philippines (UP) also bagged three championships in men’s swimming, women’s swimming and women’s table tennis, but has runner-up performances in six events for 235 points, good for third overall.
In the process, UP shoved Ateneo – champion in five events: men’s and women’s badminton, men’s judo, baseball and, most recently, women’s volleyball – to fourth place with 224 points.
Like Ateneo, FEU ruled five events – sweeping athletics and football and men’s chess – but only finished in fifth spot with 193 points as it did not have teams in swimming and judo.
National University highlighted its season with victories in men’s volleyball and beach volleyball, as well as a sweep of the seniors tennis events to come in at sixth place with 169 points.
University of the East had championships in men’s and women’s fencing for 137 points and seventh place, while Adamson University – which does not have teams in nine of the 29 events in the UAAP program – marked its hosting of the season with a historic sweep of the softball tournament.
Adamson finished in eighth place with 117 points.