Category: UAAP

FEU routs UP Fighting Lady Maroons to seal Final 4 slot

The UP Women’s Volleyball Team had a hot start this season, with a promising 4-0 beginning their UAAP Season 79 journey. However, after traumatic losses to Ateneo and NU twice, with the loss of key players Jewel Lai pre-season and Pia Gaiser ending her UAAP journey early on due to an ACL, the UP Fighting Lady Maroons found themselves out of contention in the Final 4 after giving away their last game against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 21-25, 21-25, 25-27.

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Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon and Pia Gaiser officially ended their UAAP journey yesterday at the Filoil Flying V San Juan Arena. Instrumental to the resurgence of the women’s volleyball team in the UAAP, the trio started the winning ways as they broke the slump in Season 76 and made the Final 4 in Season 78.

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Along the way, they also beat top guns – Season 77 champions Ateneo Lady Eagles, lead by Alyssa Valdez then; as well as, DLSU Lady Spikers this season in three straight sets.

What’s next for these girls? Bersola and Gaiser will be taking up medicine while Tiamzon is going to be part of a semi-pro league soon.

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WATCH: UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights – Javi Gomez de Liano (VIDEO)

One of the most surprising rookies this year, Javi Gomez de Liano did not let his youth be a hindrance to contribute for the team. Flashes of brilliance all over the season, this kid definitely made a mark. With an unassuming personality on- and off-court, Javi manages to break in and keep his head in the game. Watch the video below:

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Promising as he can be, the rookie from UP Integrated School became one of the greatest discoveries of the season even battling with expected rookie of the year candidates Jerrick Ahanmisi and Aljun Melecio for the ROTY plum. Watch his UAAP Season 79 highlights here:

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With the right training, this skilled boy has all the makings of a King Maroon, and of course who can forget that pretty boy face?

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WATCH: UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights – Diego Dario (VIDEO)

Diego Dario is one of our junior point guards, alongside Jarrell Lim, JJ Espanola and Henri Asilum. In Season 78, Dario’s skills were on full display, helping our team win three games with his speed and formidable play-making. Watch Diego Dario UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights here:

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This season, while he shared the point guard responsibilities with Lim and Asilum primarily throughout the entire season, the kid did not disappoint and proved that he’s got what it takes to be one of the finest players in the league. Watch the video here:

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Known as the Legendario – he will definitely be explosive come UAAP Season 80 with the likes of Jun Manzo and AJ Madrigal helping the team.