La Salle, NU look to retain UAAP table tennis titles


Posted at Oct 15 2018 06:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- De La Salle University and National University (NU) will try to keep their women’s and men’s titles, respectively, when the finals of the UAAP Season 81 table tennis tournament starts on Monday at the UP CHK Gym.

The Lady Paddlers, gunning for a five-peat, stake their perfect record against University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the best-of-three championship series that starts at 9 a.m.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are seeking their second straight crown and will take on the unbeaten UST squad in their own finals opener, set at the same time.

La Salle registered an immaculate 14-0 slate in the eliminations to gain an outright passage to the finals. The Tigresses then arranged a championship rematch with the Lady Paddlers, after sweeping University of the Philippines, 3-0, in the step-ladder semifinals on Saturday.

NU, on the other hand, had to go through the wringer to make it back to the men’s championship as it toppled Far Eastern University, 3-0, in their own step-ladder semifinals.

With five newcomers, the Bulldogs of coach Judit Yulde were able to finish second with a 12-2 card behind the Growling Tigers, who went 14-0 in the elims.

UST is making its fourth consecutive finals appearance -- and the second straight against NU.

Game 2 is set at 1 p.m., while Game 3, if needed, is scheduled at 3 p.m.

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