UE, UST begin UAAP men's tennis finals
The Growling Tigers are the underdogs against the Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 79 men's tennis championship series.
Match on Saturday:
(Rizal Memorial Tennis Center)
8 a.m. – UE vs UST (Men Finals)
The University of the East and University of Santo Tomas begin their best-of-three championship series for the UAAP Season 79 men’s lawn tennis crown on Saturday.
The opening tie is scheduled at 8 a.m. at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center, with the Red Warriors as the heavy favorites to claim their breakthrough title against the Growling Tigers.
Spearheaded by sensational rookie AJ Lim, UE finished the double-round eliminations winning nine of 10 ties.
UST closed out the second round with a 3-2 win over deposed champion National University in a make-up for an earlier abandoned second round tie last Wednesday for a 7-3 record.
There will be a new champion as the Bulldogs ended their unbeaten four-year reign after finishing fifth place, the worst since the Bustillos-based netters started their participation in the 2011-12 season.
Winners of a league-best 12 championships, the Tigers last ruled the 2010-11 season, when the team was then handled by coach Karl Santamaria.
In the women’s division, twice-to-beat NU goes for the jugular against UST at 8 a.m. on Sunday at the same Malate venue.
Powered by sisters Clarice and Christine Patrimonio, the 8-0 Lady Bulldogs need only to beat the 6-2 Tigresses once to extend their reign to four seasons.
Winning 23 consecutive ties dating back to Feb. 2015, the NU lady tennisters hold one of the current longest winning streaks in the UAAP, as it matches Ateneo men's volleyball's 23-match run.
NU's women's basketball team currently has a 48-game winning streak, going undefeated in three seasons.