Lopue’s – La Salle Table Tennis Team, headed by its president Leonito “Diotay” Lopue, once again proved their worth and showcased the Negrense skill and strength as the squad emerged victorious at the Uni-Orient Cup held April 7 and 8 at San Beda University Gym in Manila.
For their outstanding performance during the tournament, Micah Tanate and Reynaldo Templado Jr. of Lopue’s – La Salle Team received a free trip to Beijing where they will play against Chinese players from different schools and clubs, courtesy of Uni-Orient.
Tanate played in the secondary girls’ competition where her team finished first runner-up, while Templado was a member of the secondary boys’ squad which also placed first runner-up.
The significant win of the team was led by the seasoned tandem of coaches Marell Lagunday and Hosea Alvarez.
In the high school girls’ category, the Lopue’s-La Salle team composed of Tanate, Ann Gella Borbon, and Mariella Mabaquiao yielded to PCAF team in the finals.
The high school boys’ squad, composed of Templado, Niel John Lauren, and John Michael Castro bowed to De La Salle Zobel Team in the championship round.
In the college men’s category, the Lopue’s–La Salle entry, composed of James Saligumba, Elmer Locsin Jr., and Cris Lester Rejon reached the quarter-finals after a close match against the De La Salle Team. The team, however, failed to advance to the semi-finals.
The elementary boys’ team, composed of Shaun Rain Jardinico, Joaquin Bragancia and Klyde Denmel Repullo, placed on the Top 16 despite giving their best against their opponents.
“All of them put up a great spirit in all of their games. After all, more important than the podium finish are the learnings and experiences you have gone through during and after the competition,” Lopue said.*
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