The STI College Olympians Billiards team dominated the Women’s Division Team event and placed second in the Men’s Division of the recently concluded 11th NAASCU Billiards tournament which was held at the Star Paper Billiards hall. The Lady Olympians topped the Women's division by beating New Era University, Our Lady of Fatima University, Centro Escolar University and AMA to arrange a titular showdown with CEU. The Olympians beat the CEU Lady Scorpions in the finals 2 – 0 as Tapang and Dado won 3 - 2 and 3 – 0 respectively as the the doubles finals was not played anymore because of the win of the Olympians in the two tables.
Leading the way for the Lady Olympians is fourth year graduating BSIT student from STI College Quezon Avenue Beatrice Dado who will end her two year stint with the Olympians with back to back Golds in the 9 Ball and 10 ball category. Dado has never tasted defeat since last year and her experience proved to be the moving force behind the Lady Olympians rise to the top.
STI College Caloocan Third year BS HRM Olympian Diane Tapang likewise got the Gold medal in the 9 Ball Category. Unlike last year, Tapang was undefeated this year and she showed her resiliency as she clawed back time and again from losing positions and even on the brink of elimination to rise to victory. The tandem of Cherissa Tan and Cecilia Cid backed up the duo by getting the silver in the Doubles category.
The Men’s team almost made it to the top but failed to win it all as the Fatima Phoenix won the deciding doubles match 5 – 3 to thwart the Olympians bid for a double championship. Leading the way for the Male Olympians is 2nd year HRS student Alexander Aquino from STI College Caloocan. The Olympians placed second in the eliminations and had a better tie breaker than last year’s champion AMACU Titans to advance to the finals. Aquino settled for silver in the 10 Ball category but it was his all around brilliance in the 10 ball and doubles category that made the Olympians a stubborn team to put away. Aquino beat Melvin Tan in the 10 ball finals but Jhay Dayo of STI College Quezon Avenue lost in the 9 Ball finals. The two eventually yielded to the streak pocketing Phoenix team to settle for second place. Dayo also got a silver in the 9 Ball category while the doubles team got the gold. Other members of the team are Wilmer Fagyan and John Rey Tapalla of STI College Global City and Ghino Pascual of STI College Novaliches. With the two best players in both divisions graduating, the Olympians hope that next year the elusive double championship will be attained.
MEN’S DIVISION – 1ST Runner - UP
Nine Balls - Silver Medal
Jhay Dayo, STI College Quezon Avenue
Ten Balls – Silver Medal
Alex Aquino, STI College Caloocan
Doubles - Gold Medal
Wilmer Fagyan, STI College Global City
Ghino Pascual, STI College Novaliches
John Rey Tapallam STI College Global City
WOMEN’S DIVISION – CHAMPION
Nine Balls - Gold Medal
Diane Tapang, STI College Caloocan
Ten Balls - Gold Medal
Beatrice Dado, STI College Quezon Avenue
Doubles - Silver Medal
Cherissa Tan, STI College Quezon Avenue
Cecilia Cid, STI College Quezon Avenue
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