QUEENY Sabobo and Annalie Benjamen ended their collegiate careers in style as Adamson nipped University of Santo Tomas, 5-3, for a sixth successive UAAP women's softball title at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Lady Falcons saw an amazing win streak end at 73 at the hands of the Tigresses at the end of the eliminations and lost again to the España-based batters in Game Two of the best-of-three finals, forcing a decider.
But in the very end, Adamson just wouldn't be denied a 15th championship overall.
"It's not all about talent, it's all about heart and mental (toughness0," said Lady Falcons coach Ana Santiago.
"This is the biggest challenge for me. Unlike sa past five years na nag-champion kami na masasabi kong easy eh, this year napakahirap ng pinagdaanan namin pero ito na ang pinaka-sweetest victory namin."
Sabobo and fellow senior Benjamen made sure of that, hitting home runs in the third inning to open a 4-2 lead. Sabobo, a 21-year old short stop, slammed another homerun in the fifth inning to give the Lady Falcons a 5-2 advantage.
"Kinausap ko yung tatlo (Sabobo, Benjamen and third base Krisna Paguican) at sinabi kong ito na ang huling beses kayong tutuntong sa Rizal Memorial as Adamson players at mag-step up. Kayo ang magsimula at susunod mga kasama ninyo," said Santiago.
Sabobo and Benjamen were named co-Finals MVP.
Among those who shone for the Tigresses this season were CJ Roa and pitcher Mary Ann Antolihao, Santiago's aces in the national team.
"Well deserved na nandito sila sa Finals," said Santiago on UST.