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    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    De La Salle Lady Archers Scandal In UAAP Season 73 Volleyball: Some Of Their Wins Will Be Forfeited Because Of One Player's Deviant Acts

    The DLSU Lady Archers are seating pretty on top of team standings in the UAAP Season 73 Women's Volleyball with a 7-0 win-loss record. They are closely followed by the defending champions, the UST Tigresses, who are having a rough 2011 start due to unforeseen injuries suffered by their key players such as Aiza Maizo. A while ago, they have just lost to the Ateneo Lady Eagles who are considered as this year's dark horse via 3 straight sets.

    But apparently the top seeded team, DLSU, was caught violating one of UAAP's by laws regarding one of their athlete's residency issue. It was said that an athlete should only play for a single team or school in the UAAP, but one of their players who have lost some of her playing time for La Salle, violated the rule. She played for a second team aside from her mother team, DLSU. She should only play for La Salle. I don't know what prompted her to deviate from the rule. But unfortunately, as a consequence, DLSU will have to face some sanctions which are yet to be decided by the UAAP board of trustees. In the past, the most common penalty for this kind of atrocity is game forfeiture wherein the UAAP board of trustees will investigate and determine the number games wherein that particular player who was the suspect for team hopping and those games will have to be forfeited and will be considered as a loss.

    For instance, if that player has played 3 games for La Salle, and they all resulted into a win, those games will be considered as void. DLSU will now have a record of 4 wins and 3 losses. If they will be proven guilty, they will go down in the team standings. The Ateneo and NU, in effect will have a better record than La Salle and of course, UST will get the top spot. The players who were caught doing the forbidden thing were Miss Garbin and Miss Yeung. I don't know if they are the only ones and if there are still other players from other UAAP teams who made such a move. Again, the penalty for the said violation has not yet been decided by the proper authorities. The league that allowed these players do team hopping was the Viking League.

    Let's just stand by and wait for further development on this issue. We can just speculate about the probable consequences if the allegations against La Salle are true or not.

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