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    Iconic coach August Santamaria shows up for sentimental UST return to UAAP Finals

    May 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas has brought in the big gun.

    Legendary coach August Santamaria is in attendance for Game One of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball Finals, where the Tigresses will be taking on Ateneo at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

    The longtime Golden Tigresses mentor was seen mingling with fellow supporters as the Espana crew make their return to the championship picture for the first time since 2011.

    Santamaria is well-loved in UST being the bench tactician during the Golden Tigresses' dynastic run in the 1980s to 1990s.

    His last championship came in 2007, when the squad bannered by Mary Jean Balse and Venus Bernal claimed the UAAP Season 69 championship.

    This was the first time Santamaria has attended the games live since last visiting the team during the alumni match before the season started.

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