THE stunning elimination of University of Santo Tomas ahead of the women’s volleyball Final Four may have also signalled the end of the Tigers’ long reign as UAAP general champion.
UST has been the most dominant in the UAAP across all sports, winning the overall crown for 14 straight seasons dating back to the 1998-1999 campaign.
But that streak is on the verge of being broken by De La Salle after the Tigresses were shocked by National University in a playoff for the No. 4 spot in the women’s volleyball competition on Wednesday.
The Tigresses are perennial semifinalists in women’s volleyball but the loss to the Lady Bulldogs snapped their run of Final Four appearances at 18 seasons.
That streak isn’t the only one that is bound to be broken.
According to an unofficial count of the general championship race obtained by Spin.ph, the Tigers need to capture the men’s and women’s tennis crowns to have a chance at extending their reign as overall champions.
UST, which has also won 18 of the last 19 overall crown since the Final Four format was instituted in 1993-1994, must also hope De La Salle places no higher than second in four of their remaining events to force a tie for the top spot.
A championship in one sport is worth 15 points in the general standings while a runner-up finish is worth 12 and third place 10. Eight, six, four, two, and one point are given to the fourth to eighth-place squads in that order.
The UST women’s tennis team is in a playoff for a finals spot against University of the Philippines, while its men’s squad needs to overcome National University’s twice-to-beat advantage in the finals on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Green Archers, after finishing the first semester sports at the top of the overall standings with 152 points, are still in the running for two titles to add to the women’s chess crown in the second half of the season.
La Salle is still in the hunt for the women’s football and tennis crowns while its women’s and men’s volleyball squads are the top-seed and third-ranked teams in the semifinals, respectively.