UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas grabbed the top spot in the men's division to make up for the early misfortune suffered by its women's team on Tuesday in the UAAP Season 77 taekwondo tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Growling Tigers opened their campaign with a 6-1 thumping of Far Eastern University and followed up with a close 4-3 decision over University of the East for a 2-0 record.
UST, a traditional powerhouse in the distaff side, suffered a narrow 3-4 loss to Ateneo in an early stunner.
Thea Bermejo, Weedee Valenzuela, Kyla Relucio and Frances Siapno delivered victories for the Lady Eagles, last year's sixth placers and now tied with the defending champion Tigresses at 1-1.
La Salle took the women's lead with a 2-0 slate by nipping FEU, 4-3, and blasting National University, 6-1.
The Archers began their title-retention campaign in the men's division on a winning note with a 5-2 win over Ateneo.
Paolo Jazmines, Kirk Barbosa, Josafat Licayan, Kyle Uy and Karl delos Santos posted wins to help La Salle get its title-retention bid going.
In other men's morning match, UE trounced UE, 5-2.
UP, the Season 76 runner-up in the women's division, made an early statement with a 7-0 blanking of Ateneo.