National U snatches four UAAP titles in one day

Sunday was a terrific day for National U.

Last November 17, National U won four titles in the ongoing UAAP Season 82 after dominating the cheerdance competition and juniors’ volleyball tournament.

NU-Nazareth School scored a golden double in the juniors volleyball after the boys and girls volleyball teams swept their finals opponents in both of their best-of-three title series. The boys team successfully defended their title, sweeping top-seeded FEU-Diliman in the finals. Mac Bandola was later named as the Finals MVP, making this his second straight year of attaining the highest finals individual award.

Meanwhile, the girls volleyball team came back stronger this season after registering a rare season sweep. This is the girls team’s fifth title in the last six years. Finals MVP Evangeline Alinsug led the team in the Finals tallying 16 points on 12 spikes while season MVP Mhicaela Belen contributed 13 markers.

And just before the day ended, the NU Pep Squad also successfully annexed their second straight title after displaying one of their best and most dominant performances in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. With the theme that gives tribute to the Filipino people and the Philippines, NU Pep Squad once again proved why they are a cut above the rest. The squad garnered a total of 722 points to clinch their sixth title in seven CDC editions. Aside from the CDC title, NU also successfully defended their Group Stunts title. The Pep Squad also won the best stunt, best toss and best pyramid awards.

[Photos: The UAAP]

NU Poomsae team, juniors’ taekwondo team make podium finish

The NU Poomsae team surprised the UAAP crowd with their precise and improved sequence that sent them to the podium, finishing first runner-up over-all in the UAAP Season 82 Poomsae event held last October 14, 2019 at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

The NU squad composed of Marvin Mori, Kier Macalino and Ricco Teraytay grabbed the gold medal in the male team category. Teraytay, named as this season’s Rookie of the Year, also snatched the silver medal in individual male event while Denise Alicias and the duo of Kier Macalino and Mikki Flores settled for bronze medal in individual female event and mixed pair event, respectively.

This is the highest finish of the poomsae team in the span of three years after placing 6th in Season 80 and 4th in Season 81. According to Coach Dustin Jacob Mella, they made sure that the players progressed gradually since last year.

“What we lacked last season in terms of technical skills, we made sure to improve on them every day. In terms of physical condition, we made sure that our players were as strong and flexible as any of the competition we’d face. We competed in several competitions this year as well to prepare for the UAAP.”

Coach Dustin added that he instilled humility and the value of hard work in the team for them to break through and reach the top.

“There were several competitions we competed in that we lost. But I emphasized to them that we’re on the right track and that our aim is to progress to our eventual goal, which we eventually reached.”

Meanwhile, the NU-Nazareth School also made it to the podium after placing 2nd runner up in the juniors’ men’s taekwondo tournament. This is the second consecutive season our junior jins finished at the top three spot.

National U captures sixth straight men’s badminton crown; women’s team reaches podium

National University men’s badminton team successfully seized the rare six-peat in the UAAP Season 82 badminton tournament after sweeping the Ateneo de Manila University in their best-of-three finals series held last October 4-5, 2019. The win stretched their undefeated run into 51 ties, the second longest active winning streak in the UAAP today.
Hailed as this season’s Most Valuable Player was NU veteran Frell Keeyan Gabuelo while recruit Solomon Padiz Jr. was named as the Rookie of the Year.
According to head coach Jaime Llanes, they plan to sustain the good badminton program to continue their historic run in the UAAP.
“We want to level up by having trainings abroad to prepare for the next season. They trained outside kasi before [Season 82] and I believe it helped a lot, there was a motivation to play better.”
Meanwhile, the women’s badminton team was also able to reach the podium after defeating the University of the Philippines in their bronze medal match last October 4. This is the first time the women’s team reached the podium after finishing in the fourth spot in the last three seasons.
“The women’s team really worked hard for that. Three years na kaming laging nasa fourth them coming out of eliminations, fourth pa rin kami, so sabi ko if they want this, if they want a podium finish, they need to step up.”

NU Bullpups bag back-to-back championship crown; volleyball girls nip silver in 2019 ASEAN School Games

The NU-Nazareth School Bullpups recorded a rare back-to-back championship feat after defeating home team Indonesia at the gold medal round of the 2019 ASEAN School Games held in GOR Sahabat in Semarang, Indonesia yesterday, July 23. The team registered a dominant 100-51 rout in the finals after also torching the same team three days ago in the elimination round, 87-47.

Terrence Fortea led the way for the Bullpups after an effective 11-of-18 shooting from the field tallying a total of 32 points in just 23 minutes of action. Gerry Abadiano chalked in 11 markers while Ernest Felicilda wound up 13 markers and dished out seven assists.

The UAAP juniors’ champions competed against some of the best young gunners in the Southeast Asian countries including teams from Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and host country Indonesia.

Meanwhile, nine members from the NU volleyball girls team also introduced themselves in the big stage after settling for silver in the same tournament. The Philippine team led by NU girls’ team Coach Regine Diego faced powerhouse Thailand in the championship round showing a gallant effort and pushing the game into a thrilling five-set match, 20-25, 29-31, 25-19, 25-18, 9-15.
This is the highest finish of the Philippine volleyball girls’ team since the beginning of the ASEAN School Games in 2008.

National U squads are looking forward to another strong campaign next year as the Philippines is set to host the annual tournament in Dumaguete City.

(Photos c/o: Nazareth School – NU Bullpups Coach Edster Sy and Coach Regine Diego)

NU Pep Squad reclaims UAAP Cheerdance Competition crown


#ComeBark is real.

The National University Pep Squad are champions once again, after reclaiming the UAAP Cheerdance Competition title last Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The champions rose back from the dead and wowed the crowd with their jaw-dropping tosses, stunts and pyramids and smooth dance routines that garnered them a total of 711 points, far from the 655.5 points collected by runner-up FEU Pep Squad. The former four-peat champions showcased a dead-themed performance sporting floral dresses and hats with white and black skull makeup. With their synchronized moves and flawless tumbles, the NU Pep Squad had no error deductions in the final tally giving them enough edge against their competitors.

According to NU Pep Squad Coach Ghicka Bernabe, they did not let their last year’s loss to frustrate them, rather they channeled their strength from determination and eagerness to reclaim the throne.

“Sabi nga nila yung performance namin, gutom na gutom, uhaw na uhaw, gustong bumawi. Ayaw na naming maramdaman ‘yung naramdaman namin last year, nandito na kami ulit ngayon, we will do better and better and better.” Bernabe shared.

Aside from the championship title, the NU Pep Squad also topped the Group Stunts category in the 2018 UAAP CDC.

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