UAAP 82: UE fencers ‘8-peat’ as men’s champ; women regain title

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Posted at Feb 14 2020 08:37 PM

Members of the University of the East team celebrate winning the UAAP fencing title on Friday. Handout

University of the East reigned supreme in the men's division for the eighth straight year, while its women's side regained the throne Friday in UAAP Season 82 collegiate fencing at Paco Arena in Manila.

The Red Warriors beat Ateneo, 45-42, in the men's team foil finals to complete a five-gold, one-silver medal haul for their 14th title overall.

Sammuel Tranquilan exited UE as a winner, capturing his third straight MVP award.

"Marami naman tayong mga rising stars na parating. Tuloy-tuloy naman kaming nagte-training mula sa ilalim. ’Yung transition talaga namin, malalim," UE coach Amatov Canlas said on his program’s future without Tranquilan.

A good example is rookie-MVP winner Queendenise Dalmacio, who led the Lady Warriors in collecting four golds, one silver, and three bronze medals to claim a league-best 13th crown.

"Actually, magkaka-batch iyan. Sina Queen at Sam (Catantan). Sabay-sabay iyan noong time na ni-recruit ko sila noong mga bata pa talaga ang mga iyan," said Canlas, who also handled the national team that won two gold medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

"Tumaas din ang level ni Queen magmula noong nakapasok siya sa national team. Naglaro siya ng SEA Games kaya iba na ang mental toughness niya."

The 20-year old Dalmacio was impressive, especially in ruling the women's individual saber event on the second day of competition.

"Hindi ko nga inaasahan na magiging Rookie-MVP siya. Deserved naman niya talaga iyan," said Canlas.

UE topped De La Salle, 45-36, in the women's team epee finals and returned in the afternoon with a 45-19 conquest of University of Santo Tomas in the women's team saber gold medal match.

"Happy ako sa performance ng team. Taon-taon naman ganito ang nangyari," said Canlas.

The Blue Eagles finished second in the men's side with a 1-3-2 haul, while the Green Archers had a 0-1-5 tally in third place.

De La Salle took the runner-up honors with 1-2-1, while last season's champion Ateneo settled for third with 1-1-2.

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