UP shocks Ateneo, sets up badminton Finals date versus NU

UP shocks Ateneo, sets up badminton Finals date versus NU
University of the Philippines marches into the Finals at the expense of Ateneo de Manila University.

University of the Philippines ended Ateneo's streak of five consecutive men's championship appearances with a 3-1 victory in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Friday.       

The Fighting Maroons also solved the Blue Eagles' puzzle in the last three playoffs, going 0-4 including last year where they lost twice despite having a twice-to-beat semifinals incentive.              

Up next for UP is a best-of-three championship date with four-peat seeking National University starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.       

JM Bernardo defeated Keoni Asuncion, 21-14, 21-18, in the first singles to put the Maroons ahead.       

Ateneo's leveled after Carlo Remo made quick work of Vincent Rafael Manuel, 21-15, 21-19, in the second singles.        

UP then swept doubles matches, as CK Clemente and JM Bernardo rout Clarence Filart and Sean Chan, 21-7, 21-11, and Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales nipped Asuncion and Remo, 21-18, 21-18.       

The last time the Eagles missed the men's badminton Finals was in 2011, where they placed fifth.

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