University Of Santo Tomas

January 7, 2012 by staff 

University Of Santo TomasUniversity Of Santo Tomas, National University (NU) pulls off a 3-2 upset against defending champion University of Santo Tomas (UST) in UAAP Season 74 men’s tennis competitions on Saturday.

The clincher for the Bulldogs came in the deciding doubles with Leander Lazaro and Tim Polero defeating Jake Basilad and Bernardine Bering, 6-1, 7-5.

Interestingly, Karl Santamaria earned his first victory coaching a new team, the Bulldogs, against the very same squad he trained for 10 years and won 6 men’s titles with. He moved to the NU camp only this season.

In the other men’s match, University of the Philippines (UP) routed Ateneo, 4-1.

Reigning men’s MVP Ralph Barte opened UST’s title-retention bid with a victory over Al Khady Jainul, 6-0, 6-0, but NU was quick to level the duel in the first doubles when Al Michael Madrid and Dheo Talatayod beat Gerald Pinili and Ryan Montalbo, 6-3, 6-2.

Bernan Lou Bering booked a 6-3, 5-1 (ret.) victory over Wilson Oblea in the second singles to give UST a 2-1 lead, but the Bulldogs were unrelenting and behind Fritz Verdad’s 6-1, 7-5 win over Arn Procianos, 6-1, 7-5, in the other singles match, set up the decisive doubles duel.

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