Driven by Passion: DLSU Fencers Return to Battle
Published on December 7th, 2014 | by Kim Leong
UAAP Season 77 Fencing Tournament. (Bianca Fernando/DLSU Sports)
Returning to the piste yet again to battle for school pride, the DLSU Green and Lady Fencers once again took hold of it at the College of Human Kinetics Gym. With their passion and skills playing center stage, the Taft based squad took a home a total of three medals during the individual tournaments.
The Green Fencers took home a total of two out of the three medals with Team captain Raymund Orozco bagging the silver medal in the individual epee category. Gian Rodriguez follows through with the second medal as he took home a bronze medal from the individual foil category on the 2nd day along with the sole medal winner of the Lady fencer’s, Mikaela Castillo, who won a bronze during the individual epee category.
First day troubles
Exhibiting a dazzling display of lunges and lightning like riposte, the DLSU Green Fencers started off to a great start at the hands of team captain Raymund Orozco who displayed his dominance by breezing through his assignments in the elimination round with the sole exception of UE’s Lee Ergina to whom he lost 4-5. DLSU’s Gian Rodriguez, however, did not enjoy the same luck experienced by his team captain as he was only able to secure victories against UST and FEU and lost to UP, UE, and ADMU, 4-5 in each instance. His victories however seemed to enough to merit him an entrance to the quarterfinals along with his comrade in arms.
The La Salle side’s luck however seemed to have run out during the quarterfinals as Rodriguez soon falls to a UST’s resurgent Noelito Jose losing to a close 11-15 while Orozco suffers an injury which affected his ability in defending his hard fought gold from last year and simply settle with silver after losing 10-15 against the same person during the finals.
The string of bad luck however did not stop their as it extended to the afternoon with the failure of DLSU Lady Fencers team captain Bea Villaroman to qualify for the quarterfinals of the women’s foil category and her comrade, May Montenegro to fall during her quarterfinal match against UE regardless of their passion and determination to advance. Happening at the same time as the women’s foil, the DLSU Green Fencers’ run during the sabre category was also short lived as both Jairus Quevada and Jose Anonuevo fails to advance to the quarterfinals despite showing the same amount of mettle shown by their comrades.
Second day passion
UAAP Season 77 Fencing Tournament. (Kim Leong/DLSU Sports)
Suffering from their lackluster first day performance, the Lady Fencers were set to right their wrongs as May Montenegro once again takes to the piste along with comrade Mikaela Castillo to battle for the women’s epee. Fate, however, had different plans for May Montenegro as she was denied her chance at redemption as she failed to qualify for the quarterfinals while Castillo advanced all the way to the semis to bring home the bronze after suffering a loss from UE’s Keren Pangilinan 9-15.
Creeping up all the to the afternoon’s women’s sabre category , fate once again played a horrible game on our Lady Fencers as both Jianne Piguing and May Montenegro again went through something similar to their run in the foil category the day before as Montenegro once again fails to keep the momentum and lose during her quarterfinals match against UST’s Kimberley Camalan 6-15 while Piguing, similar to the team captain Villaroman, fails to qualify for the quarterfinals.
While denied her (DLSU’s Montenegro) retribution after three attempts, DLSU’s Gian Rodriguez successfully claims a bronze medal during the men’s foil after failing to defeat UE’s Nathaniel Perez during the semis. Rodriguez’s comrade, Hermino Bacino III, on the other hand failed to qualify after falling to ADMU’s Derich Cabrera in a close 13-15 match.
While failing to reach hit their target, DLSU sabre Coach Gian Nocom shares that he is still somewhat satisfied with the performance of the fencers. Citing the need for luck, he shares that this year simply held too much surprises as he shares the unexpected FEU-UP match up in the sabre finals. He further shares that with the performance of UST and the outcome of their matches, the best thay can do right now in terms of the General Championship race is to simply lessen the point GC point UST is poised to receive or to simply nullify the points that is to be gained by DLSU’s GC rival.