NOPSSCEA Season 39 is grand slam year for the Lopue’s-La Salle women’s table tennis team after the squad completed a rare 3-peat championship at the VMA Global College Gym six days ago.
With former national team standout MarellLagunday taking charge of the team as coach in 2016 and LOPTTA president LeonitoLopue backing them up, the Lopue’s – La Salle women’s team has become formidable.
This year, despite a tough challenge from usual rivals, the La Sallians once again captured the championship for a third straight title.
The team is composed of MariellaMabaquiao, AngeliBayang, Cherrica Michelle Uytiepo, Alyssa Kyla Tolosa, Ashley Ann Santander, and Catherine Samson, who won in straight sets over their opponents for an overwhelming 3-0 finish.
Meanwhile, the Lopue’s-La Salle men’s team composed of NelgenAblao, Elijah David Bomban, JopetEpe, Rodney Jarder Jr., and John Rey Cantero settled for the first runner-up award behind champion VMA Global College.
“Only three college entries joined the men’s event and four in the women’s team, a far cry from six to eight teams in the previous years,” LOPTTA president Lopue said.
The La Sallians also bagged the overall championship in elementary boys’ table tennis while the secondary boys and girls’ team also took home the first runner-up honors after losing their match 2 and 3 against host VMA Global College.
LOPTTA mainstay Micah Tanate won the gold medal in secondary girls’ singles while teammate Mark Lantabora bagged the bronze.
Along with fellow La Sallian George Saligumba, Tanate will join the NOPSSCEA table tennis team in the provincial meet.
Meanwhile, the Lopue’s-La Salle elementary boys bagged back-to back championship after prevailing over House of Praise Learning Center in the finals. Anton Andre Bayona won the gold while his teammate Joaquin Bragania won the silver in the singles event.
The team is composed of Anton Andre Bayona, Joaquin Bragancia, Franz JedriekGeganto, and Christian Miguel Java, who died in a fire this week with his father, grandmother and nanny.
“This tragedy really touched LOPTTA and the University of St. La Salle family but in spite this, we will always remember Miguel and will stand strong and continue our table tennis journey” coach Lagunday-Alvarez said.*
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