DLSU Woodpushers dominant in Season 77 anew
Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by DLSU Sports
After 14 rounds of intense chess action, champions have to be crowned once again. The Green Woodpushers snared their first championship in 10 years, while the Lady Woodpushers came away a point short of a five-peat, as they finished bridesmaids to FEU.
Green Woodpushers’ Cinderella run
The Green Woodpushers started this season with a slow start and found themselves in the middle pack of the standings. But the team regained their composure from thereon and they still finished strong after the 1st round sitting atop the standings.
The secound round was a different story. They never looked back as they scored sweeps and one-sided victories round after round. Head coach Randy Segarra’s tactics also proved to be very effective as he consistently shuffled team captain Aglipay Oberio and Jan Nigel Galan in Board 4.
The multi-titled coach was also not afraid to deploy his rookies as Jerad Docena played all 14 rounds on Board 3, while Giovanni Mejia played all but 2 rounds during their maiden season in UAAP.
The future seems bright for La Salle as Docena proved to be the future of the team when he was crowned both Rookie of the Year and Tournament’s MVP this season.
The Green Woodpushers amassed two gold medals and 2 silver medals this season.
Lady Woodpushers humbled in bridesmaid finish
The Lady Woodpushers had a shot in achieving an elusive five-peat. Despite winning the last round against FEU via a 2.5-1.5 result, they were unable to extend their four-year reign as champions.
Jan Jodilyn Fronda concluded her last playing year with second place finish on Board 1. Proven veterans Cherry Ann Mejia and Bernadette Galas snared golds on Boards 2, and 3, respectively. Lastly, Rowelyn-Joy Acedo had a silver on her own on Board 4.
Assistant coach Susan Grace Neri was all praises for both teams. “I’m happy and proud for what my kids have achieved especially sa boys. We’re hungry for the championship. 10 years we waited for this break. Sa girls, matindi at madami kaming pinagdaanan ng mga bata before and even during the season. maswerte pa rin kami that we were able to pull the season off.”
“At the end, what matters most is that they’ve shown us and even their opponents, the true character and heart of a Lasallian champion. Resilience and patience during game, humility despite the victory”, she ended.