LA SALLE SWEEPS UAAP VOLLEYBALL CROWNS

MANILA, OCTOBER 10, 2003 (STAR) De La Salle completed a sweep of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) volleyball crowns Wednesday, beating University of the Philippines (UP) in the menís contest and dethroning Far Eastern U (FEU) in the womenís side.

Both title victories were also achieved via sweeps of the race-to-two series at the UP Human Kinetics gym in Diliman. The volleyball crowns also hiked to four De La Salleís championships this season. The Green Archers won the menís chess title and also ruled womenís swimming late last month.

The Archers went an hour and a half against the tournament host UP Maroons, 20-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-14, while the Lady Archers had an easier time disposing of an under-manned FEU Lady Tamaraws crew, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.

De La Salleís title conquest in both divisions was a fulfillment of a goal it failed to achieve last season. The Taft Avenue-based school finished runner-up to Santo Tomas in the menís and FEU in the womenís in 2002.

Center-spiker John Lee Patrona and spiker Desiree Hernandez completed De La Salleís domination of the leagueís 66th season by running away with the Most Valuable Player trophies in both menís and womenís divisions.

The Lady Tamaraws, who swept the same team in last yearís finals, played without key players Joan Bunag and Monica Aleta, who reportedly were called to duty by the Philippine Navy where they are enlisted to play in an Armed Forces of the Philippines tournament.

The Green Archers, on the other hand, wore down the spirited Maroons with their excellent blocking throughout the one and a half hour contest.

UAAP Season 66 president Jose Capistrano Jr. was joined by De La Salle team manager Philip Ella Juico and Guillermo Jose of the De La Salle sports program in the awarding of the trophies to the Archers.

The Green Archers got the edge over the Maroons in Game One Sunday, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 25-12, while the Lady Archers moved ahead of Lady Tamaraws, 16-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23, also in Game One of their own series.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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