Sunday's 2013 UAAP Cheerdance tighter and memorable At MOA

September 12, 2013 9:48 am 

By Lily O. Ramos

MANILA, Sept.2 (PNA) — The coming UAAP Season 76 Cheerdance competition is expected to be the grandest to date, as all participants promise to perform memorable routine on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“The fight for cheerdance today is tight with everybody wanting to outperform each other," said Jacqueline Alota, head coach FEU Tamaraws Pep Squad that finished first runner-up last year.

Alota bared that all teams have good shot at the title, which so far only FEU, UP Maroons and UST Tigers have won since the UAAP Cheerdance war began in 1994.

Lala Perena, coach of three-time champion UP, believes they will be hard pressed to defend the crown, but vows to do everything to snare their 9th crown, the most in the tournament.

"The competition is just nearly totaly different," said Perena, who hopes to give UP its first four-peat cheer dance crown.

“Everyone’s upgrading their level. Every team for me is a team to beat. Everyone’s out to get us. Everyone is pushing for their best,” added the UP mentor.

Both Perena and Alota, however, still look at the NU Bulldogs Pep Squad as the biggest threat.

The Sampaloc-based NU squad is currently the fastest rising team in the tournament, moving up from sixth place in 2011 to second runner-up last year.

And just last March, the NU Pep squad dominated the National Cheerleading Championship, even beating FEU.

“National University is very aggressive, they have the budget, they have the money,” said Alota

“They recruited top gymnasts from the last two Palarong Pambansa, and they have the versatility,” added the FEU coach. “But we will not let them beat us.”

Perena, for her part, stressed that a winning routine in the UAAP tournament will still wrest on the performance and execution.

“They may have recruited all the best gymnasts, but not all gymnsts make a piece one real piece,” said Perena, whose team skipped the last NCC tourney.

Meanwhile, NU coach Ghicka Bernabe revealed how their team is just looking to continue improving.

"We have no pressure but we want to keep on improving.They should be the ones feeling the pressure since they are always expected to win."(PNA)

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