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Looking Back: Christmas Reflections and Year End Resolutions

The holiday season is here, and even though many use the break as an opportunity to unwind and celebrate, it’s not simply just a time for feasts, reunions, and vacations. It is also the time to reflect upon the year that has passed and to prepare for the start of a new year.

Recently, various Lasallian athletes shared their experiences from this past year–from their shortcomings to their aspirations for the year to come.


“Last Christmas, I would say I was more of a slacker. Now, I’m more responsible. I do my things responsibly, I prioritize the important things I need to do. For example since [the] UAAP is very near, I prioritize that [tournament] because we only have a month left for [the] UAAP so what I do is I focus on that.” -Pocholo Dominguez, DLSU Green Batters

KBP_4085-2“Last Christmas, culture shock pa ako sa La Salle since rookie ako noon. This christmas naman, naka-adjust na ako then nagsa-start na ako i-feel yung rhythm ko, and looking forward [ako na] mag improve pa ako since maraming mag ga-graduate at tsaka kailangan talaga mag step-up.” -Alyanna Stephanie Vergara, DLSU Lady Archers

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“Last Christmas, kulang ako sa mga training, techniques, and lessons sa fencing. But this Christmas, I am more equipped because I was exposed to different playing techniques through competitions this year and Coach Ramil Endriano taught me new techniques/plays that I was not familiar with before. Like I said, I want to prove na may mararating yung pinaghirapan ko. Yung mga late kong napasang paper, yung mga masasakit na tama ng blade, yung mga pawis at oras na binibigay ng mga teammates ko, ako at pati ng Coach ko, may patutunguhan yung mga yon. gusto ko patunayan [sa tournament] yan.” -May Montenegro, DLSU Lady Fencers

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“I guess, from last Christmas, as an athlete my game got better. I matured more. [I became] more confident in myself. And there is a big overall improvement for me and my team from last year.” -Jose Montelibano, DLSU Green Booters


Since last Christmas, of course we’ve learned a lot from the past games and sa time na binigay sa amin kasi matagal yung naging preparation namin. Siguro, what we’ve improved [on] is knowing kung ano yung mga pagkakamali namin before. Yung naging adjustment is yung pag uusap sa isa’t isa. And I think isa narin sa mga adjustment is naging solid this year [yung team]. I’m not saying hindi solid yung [team] dati pero dahil sa experience namin ng pagkatalo, mas nakilala naming ang isa’t isa. Sana mag-improve pa kami after this Christmas.” -Camille Cruz, DLSU Lady Spikers



Lady Booters suffer 2-0 defeat against talented Ateneo side

The DLSU Lady Booters experienced their first loss this UAAP season in the hands of the Ateneo Lady Booters with a score of 2-0 last December 14 at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila University.

The Taft-based squad were the aggressors early on as they gave Ateneo’s defense all it could handle. However, frequent miscommunications allowed Ateneo to respond with attacks of their own.

La Salle’s Megan Diaz had a great opportunity to score around the 15th minute but her shot flew straight into the goalkeeper’s hands. At the 23rd minute, a perfect cross by Ateneo’s Angela Catedrilla finds Anne Martin who headed the ball in to give ADMU it’s first goal of the match and the lead.

Ateneo then added more to DLSU’s misery in the 30th minute when midfielder Camille Rodriguez’s shot coming from Anne Martin’s assist cruised through the goal line, extending the lead to two until the halftime whistle.

La Salle was clearly hungry for a goal coming into the second half, although poor passing from the Green-and-White enabled Ateneo to stop their offense early in multiple possessions. A defensive gaffe during the 49th


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UAAP: Green Booters easily dismantle UE

The DLSU Green Booters concluded 2014 with a decisive 5-1 win against the UE Red Warriors yesterday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila.  With this, the Taft-based squad now has two wins and two draws under their belts, good for second place thus far in UAAP Season 77.

Jose Montelibano kicked off the scoring for DLSU via a 9th minute goal coming off a pass from Gelo Diamante.  However, UE would retaliate after converting on a penalty kick at the 35th minute for a handball called on DLSU which tied up the game at one goal apiece.

The Green Booters would then go on a scoring spree, notching three more goals before halftime.  Team captain Gio Diamante found the back of the net in the 38th minute off a cross by teammate Nathan Alquiros.  Aminute afterwards, his brother Gelo Diamante would score with a header after rebounding a shot that was deflected by the UE goalkeeper.  Gelo Diamante then registered another a goal after heading in a cross by Jose Montelibano in the 44th minute of the match, putting the Green-and-White up by three goals, 4-1, at halftime.

DLSU had a defensive mindset for the rest of the game, not allowing any decent shot attempts from their counterparts.  The Green Booters capped off the match by scoring one last goal at the 79th minute courtesy of Alquiros who drained a free kick just outside of the box which went straight into the top left corner of the goal.

“A win is a win but I’m not really satisfied yet.  There is still a lot to improve. So far, we’ve been doing better than the last years.  As long as we’re keeping up with the number one [team] because we’re still at number two, and maintain [our performance],” shares DLSU head coach Hans Peter Smit.

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Because of the new format implemented by the UAAP, there will no longer be a twice-to-beat advantage come the semifinals, unlike the normal play-off system that the league followed prior to this season.

“It’s up to them. All I have to do is to make them conscious about the fact that we’re in a better place now than last year.  The only team that can beat La Salle is La Salle.  It’s only up to their attitude and their focus.  If they want to continue this [performance], then they would have to keep busy during the [Christmas] break,” adds Smit.

The Green Booters have only three matches remaining in the first round of the eliminations, the first of which will be against the ADMU Blue Eagles on January 11, at 3 pm in the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.



UAAP: Green Spikers bow to AdU in tight five-setter

It was another close call for the DLSU Green Spikers as they suffered another loss against the AdUSoaring Falcons in five sets, 16-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 13-15, earlier today at the San Juan Arena.

The Green-and-White gained enough momentum for the chance to seal the deal late in the fifth set, but Green Spiker Aaron Calderon committed a service error giving Adamson their fourth victory of the tournament.


Adamson dominated the opening set firing up a 10-0 run to take a 13-4 lead through the efforts of team captain Michael Sudaria and Jerome Sarmiento. The Green Spikers came to within seven at 16-23 before the Soaring Falcons closed the set with a block and a service ace.

The Green Spikers bounced back right away taking a 4-1 advantage early in the second set before the Soaring Falcons matched every point of La Salle towards the end. The Taft-based squad looked comfortably ahead in taking the set leading 23-16, but Adamson threatened La Salle with six straight points before the Green Spikers scored a two of their own to clinch the second set.

The Soaring Falcons’ defensive plays allowed no breathing room for the Green Spikers keeping the lead all throughout the third set. La Salle came to within one at 18-17, but it was too much Adamson as they took the third set at 25-20.

Both squads were again neck-and-neck halfway the fourth set. The Green Spikers pulled away from a 13-13 deadlock and never looked back as they tie the match with a score of 25-21.

The final set boiled down to the last few rallies as Adamson and La Salle were tied at 12-12. Adamson’s Bryan Saraza and Sudaria scored on a spike and a block respectively as the Soaring Falcons were one point away from the win. Calderon scored on a spike of his own, 14-13 in favor of AdU, but a costly error by La Salle ended the match in Adamson’s favor.

Team captain Red Christensen top scored for the Green Spikers with 14 markers while his counterpart Sudaria registered a game-high 19 points. With the defeat, the Green Spikers sit at the bottom half of the standings with a 1-5 win-loss slate.

The Green Spikers will end their first round of the tournament against the UST Growling Tigers on January 10 at the same venue.


UAAP: DLSU Tracksters conclude Season 77 on a high note

This season’s UAAP Athletics tournament was all about improvement and redemption for the DLSU Tracksters. After placing fourth last season, the Green Tracksters took home the second place plum thisyear with a total of 228 points. Their female counterparts, the Lady Tracksters, improved to fourth place with a total of 102 points this season after last year’s fifth place finish.

The FEU Tamaraws won their fifth straight championship in the men’s division while the UST Tigresses put an end to FEU’s 11-year championship reign and took thechampionship in the women’s division.

The Green Tracksters won several gold, silver and bronze medals in different events. Jasper Tanhueco, Michel del Prado and Erwin Parcon won the bronze medals in the 100 meter, 400 meter and 800 meter sprints, respectively.

Green Trackster Gerald Layumas took the bronze medal in the men’s triple jump event. La Salle also won bronze in the men’s 4×400 meter relay through the efforts of Tanheuco, Del Prado, Jericho Ejercito, and Nestly Tercero. Tercero and Layumas also gave DLSU silver medals in the 400 meter hurdles and the men’s long jump respectively. The team of Tanhueco, Tercero, Ejercito, and Timothy Uichico also bagged silver in the men’s 4×100 meter relay.

Patrick Unso, who was nursing an injury, emerged victorious with the gold medal in the men’s 110 meter hurdles but did not competer in the 200 meter event. Mat Crespo also won the gold had in the men’s hammer throw. John Rey Moreno won the gold medals in the men’s 3000 meter steeple chase and 500 meter sprint.

Meanwhile, the Lady Tracksters won silver in the women’s high jump behind the efforts of Maureen Schrijvers. Like the Green Tracksters, the team of Angel Carino, Leah Creer, Mary Diesto and Judy Ann Rendora got the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay. Rendora and Carino also added gold medals for DLSU in the women’s 100 meter hurdles and long jump, respectively.

Coach Joeffrey Chua of the DLSU Tracksters is more than satisfied with how his team performed this season. “Excellent, unbelievable, unexpected,” he says. Although they were unable to clinch the championship, Chua cannot further explain how happy he is for their achievement as he didn’t put so much expectations on his team. “We didn’t expect na we can land sa second place at all eh so God’s gift sa amin ‘yan,” shares Chua regarding the Green Tracksters’ finish.

Chua also shared that eight out of the 11 members of the Lady Tracksters who competed this season are rookies. However, he is glad that they were able to contribute and achieve beyond expectations. “Those rookies are just replacements eh and I didn’t expect na mage-exceed pa sila doon sa mga points na in-expect ko sa kanila,” he ends.

DLSU was the sub-host of the tournament which was held from December 6-10 at the Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City.

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UAAP: Lady Spikers trounce gritty FEU in four sets

In what seemed to be one of their closest matches in the season thus far, the DLSU Lady Spikers were able to escape the FEU Lady Tamaraws in four sets, 25-16, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, earlier today at The Arena in San Juan.

The victory solidifies La Salle’s status as a legitimate contender in the league, as they remain atop the standings, with an unscathed record of 5-0. Alongside the defending champions, the ADMU Lady Eagles, the Lady Spikers are still undefeated and have yet to drop a match.

It was another all-around game for La Salle team captain Ara Galang as she notched 22 points, with 19 attacks and two blocks. However, it was Mika Reyes who lifted the Lady Spikers in the endgame, as she scored two straight points to close the tightly-contested fourth and final set in favor of DLSU. Reyes was able to register a total of 17 points, seven of which came from the blocking department and two came from her service aces.

Meanwhile, the FEU Lady Tamaraws have dropped their third consecutive match, despite the valiant efforts of Bernadeth Pons who led the squad with 22 points.

In what began as a lopsided affair in favor of the Lady Spikers in the first set, which ended at 25-16, FEU relied on floor spacing adjustments as they were able to keep at pace with La Salle in the second set. Although FEU encountered difficulty in breaking through La Salle’s defense early in the set, the Lady Tamaraws took advantage of La Salle’s many errors. Sfter trailing by as much as nine, FEU was able to finally grab a taste of the lead at 11-10. The Lady Tamaraws sustained the momentum, as La Salle was unable to come back, closing the second set at 25-21 in favor of FEU.
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It was another tug-of-war in the third set, as both squads fought to secure the lead. It was La Salle who prevailed, though, as they were able to cut down their errors and ignite several offensive rallies throughout the set. With well-timed shots by Galang, Reyes, and Desiree Cheng, the Lady Spikers held on to close the third set to their advantage, 25-23

Just like the third set, the fourth set saw La Salle and FEU in a very close fight once again. However, the Lady Spikers seemingly dictated the offensive tempo and La Salle was able to hold on to their lead, despite FEU’s efforts to stage a comeback. With FEU within striking distance during the late moments of the set, Reyes notched the game’s most important back-to-back points as she sealed the match for DLSU, 25-22.

Next up for the Lady Spikers are the still win-less UE Lady Warriors, whom they will face on January 4, 2015 at The Arena in San Juan.

The scores:
Galang- 22, Reyes- 17, Demecillo- 12, Cheng- 6, Baron- 3, Fajardo- 2, Dy- 1, Soyud- 1

FEU- 1
Pons- 22, Basas- 12, Malabanan- 8, Casugud-7, Dawson- 4, Palma- 4, Simborio-1, Papa-1
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UAAP: Lady Spikers take on FEU, aim for 5th straight win

The DLSU Lady Spikers look to continue their quest for redemption as they gun for their fifth straight win against the slumping FEU Lady Tamaraws.

Fresh off their straight set victory against UP, the Lady Spikers will look to capitalize on the momentum they have had from the opening tip. On the other hand, FEU is raring to bounce back from two straight defeats after starting the season with two straight wins.

With their last loss dating back to last season in the finals, the Lady Spikers have been on a tear so far in Season 77, giving up only one set in their last four matches. Since that lost set against Adamson in the season opener, DLSU has not only won every set but they have also remained at pace with the defending champions Ateneo for the top spot this season. Ara Galang is also having a phenomenal season so far, pacing the lead in scoring and blocking, and is currently neck-and-neck with Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez for the league’s MVP award.

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In their last game against UP, Galang’s team high 20 and Cyd Demecillo’s 10 points powered DLSU into a 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 straight set victory. The Lady Spikers had a solid start in this game compared to their previous games as they took the first two sets with relative ease. In the third and final set however, La Salle raced back from an early 7-2 deficit before taking the final set and sealing the win. 

At 2-2, FEU remains at third place behind both undefeated teams DLSU and Ateneo, and puts them in a three-way tie with Adamson and NU. Despite their strong start, the Lady Tamaraws failed to win a set in their past two games against the Lady Eagles and the Lady Falcons. Remy Palma and Yna Louise Papa rank among the top ten in blocking and serving but both failed to reach double figures in their last game against Adamson.

Though Galang leads the team in scoring, the Lady Spikers also rely on the balanced attack of Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Desiree Cheng, and Dawn Macandili, all of whom are among the league leaders in blocking, serving, and digging, to notch each victory. Palma, Papa, and sophomore Bernadette Pons will spearhead the FEU attack that will be looking to break out of its slump.

The Lady Spikers and Lady Tamaraws will square off this Wednesday, December 10, at 4 pm in the San Juan Arena.

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UAAP: Green, Lady Fencers place fourth

The DLSU Green Fencers and Lady Fencers both finished fourth in the UAAP Season 77 Fencing Tournament held at the UP Diliman College of Human Kinetics last December 4 to 7. The Green Fencers managed to snag one silver medal and two bronze medals, while the Lady Fencers brought home two bronze medals.

The University of the East once again dominated the competition, winning their third straight title. Following them, were top catalysts UST taking second and UP garnering third place.

With one silver medal from the Men’s Individual Epee event courtesy of team captain Raymund Orozco and two bronze medals in the team events, the Green Fencers were forced to step down two places as compared to their performance last season.

Orozco, accompanied by fellow fencing veteran Gian Franco Rodriguez put up tough matches against dominating teams UE and UST. However, their various efforts fell short in order to lift up the Taft-based squad. “So far compared [to] last year, medyo bumaba ang Men’s namin. I think hindi masyadong satisfying kasi we could have given more. Mas marami pa siguro kami dapat ilabas nun and kulang pa,” Orozco comments.
Repeating last year’s medal count, the Lady Fencers once again managed to grab two bronze medals this season: one individual and one team. But based on their performance and their hits scored index, they managed to secure the fourth spot in the women’s division, improving on last year’s finish.
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Entering this season, the Lady Fencers struggled to gain ground early on as the ended the first day without a medal after being beaten by UE. In the second day, they were able to make a breakthrough by ending the day with a bronze medal to their name. On the other hand, they were unlucky in their team event against Ateneo the next day where they took the lead after being by down as many as 10 points but didn’t manage to finish them off. Fortunately, they were able to bounce back on the last day of the tournament as they won the bronze medal in the Epee team event. The team consisted of Mika Castilo, Din Tianzon, Justine Lim, and May Montenegro.

DLSU coach Ramil Endriano talks about his team’s performance this season, “Siyempre yung inaasahan naming result, medyo hindi namin nakuha ngayon. Kagaya ng men’s epee team kasi dun kami may malaking chance na makakagold talaga eh kaya lang unfortunately, natalo kami against UE by one point lang so sobrang dun kami nanghina.”
He continues and discusses the struggles of the women’s team and how their lack of players has really weighed them down this season. “Aminado naman kami sa babae [women’s team], kulang talaga kami ng fencer eh. Yung ibang fencer namin ng ibang weapon, ginagamit namin sa iba at hindi naman nila linya so yun talaga ang mahirap.” comments Endriano. Despite their finish this year, he is hopeful about next year’s competition because of the different players coming in to help the team. He also believes that there is still a reason to be happy with their experience this season, being something to learn from.

“Masaya kami kasi binigay naman ng mga bata yung performance and siyempre, nakita naman namin kung ano pa rin yung kailangang paghandaan next season,” says Endriano.

On a higher note, the team has developed a sense of urgency after learning their lessons this season. “I think yung pinakamagandang strategy for La Salle is to train harder for next term, which includes January. I think kailangan hindi lie-low ang training,” Orozco mentions his ideas on how DLSU could be a catalyst for next season.

Together with their rookies and brand new recruit, the Fencers are hoping to fulfill their dreams as champions of the collegiate fencing scene. “Besides the confidence, madedevelop yung puso namin to fight and yung knowledge namin to perform,” Orozco concludes.

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