Covid-19 spoils UST 'party'

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas was on track to capture its 44th UAAP collegiate general championship when Season 82 was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Growling Tigers  look good in winning a fourth consecutive overall crown after ruling five events including a golden double in beach volleyball.

But with the rest of the competition canceled due to the public health emergency, probably the only consolation that the España-based student-athletes has is it will still defend the crown in Season 83.

UST also swept the table tennis championships and topped the men's judo event.

The Tigers also had five runner-up  and three  third place finishes.

La Salle won only once in this abbreviated season, a second straight poomsae title. A perennial general championship contender, the Green Archers had five second place trophies and six third place honors.

Highlighted by a perfect 16-0 run in men's basketball that completed a three-peat, Ateneo copped four titles. 

The Blue Eagles also had a golden double in swimming and ruled women's badminton for the second year in a row.  Ateneo had five second place finishes and ended up third in four events.

With an unbeatable 96-0 record, National University ruled the women's division for the sixth straight season, and proved to be the newest taekwondo powerhouse by winning the men's and women's events.

University of the East swept the fencing titles and annexed its first-ever women's judo crown.

Far Eastern University completed a golden double in chess as its men's and women's teams emerged victorious.

University of the Philippines and Adamson failed to win a title in the prematurely-ended season.

The cancelled events were football, baseball, softball, 3x3 basketball, athletics and lawn tennis.

3x3 basketball was supposed to make its debut this season as a regular sport after two seasons of being a demonstration event.