June 24, 2017, 3:06 am
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UP defends streetdance title at UST

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines defends its streetdance title when the UAAP Season 70 comes to a close at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Plaza Mayor inside the University of Santo Tomas campus.

The closing ceremony will be held shortly after the league honors the Athlete of the Year and crowns the Growling Tigers as the overall general champions for the 41st time.

UST will then turn over the hosting chores to Far Eastern University.

All eyes, however, will be on the Fighting Maroons who are gunning for a league-best fourth streetdance title.

Last year, UP came up with a strong Dubsmash-inspired show from start to finish to bag the crown in the league’s youngest side event, prevailing over two-time winner La Salle Dance Company and UST Hype.

Despite losing skippers Dindin Casillan and Hideo Enomoto to graduation, the Maroons, known as UP Street, are looking solid in their quest to be on top anew.

University of the East’s Armada will perform first, follow by Adamson University’s CAST, UST Prime, UP Street, Company of Ateneo Dancers, FEU Dance Company and LSDC.

UST had seven first place finishes, nine second place and three third place trophies this season to emerge anew as the league’s most successful sports program.

UST ruled women’s and men’s beach volleyball, men’s taekwondo, men’s and women’s judo, men’s table tennis and women’s athletics and also finished second in baseball, softball, women’s football, poomsae, women’s taekwondo, women’s table tennis, men’s and women’s lawn tennis and men’s fencing. The Tigers also finished third in women’s volleyball, women’s fencing and men’s athletics. 

Although it ruled the league’s marquee sports – men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s football – as well as taekwondo’s poomsae and women’s table tennis, De La Salle still fell short in its bid to dethrone UST.

The Archers also had runner-up finishes in women’s basketball, men’s swimming, men’s table tennis, women’s chess and men’s athletics, and wound up third in women’s beach volleyball, baseball, women’s badminton, men’s judo, women’s swimming and men’s lawn tennis.

Ateneo, banking on championship runs in men’s volleyball, men’s football, baseball and men’s swimming, finished third overall, while its Katipunan rival, UP, buoyed by successful title campaigns in women’s badminton and women’s swimming, finished fourth.

The Blue Eagles settled for second place in men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s badminton, men’s judo and women’s fencing, while taking third spots in women’s football and women’s taekwondo.

National University, tied with De La Salle for the most number of Season 79 crowns with five, wound up fifth, followed by FEU, UE and Adamson University.
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