Bulldogs near badminton four-peat

Bulldogs near badminton four-peat
National University is just one win away from claiming its fourth straight men's badminton crown.

National University hardly showed the effects of a long break to subdue University of the Philippines, 3-1, and move on the cusp of winning a fourth straight men's crown in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Saturday.    

The Bulldogs have won 34 consecutive ties dating back from 2014 and are looking good to tie the Fighting Maroons for the most number of championships with five.     

Tie No. 2 is set at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

In the women's badminton step-ladder do-or-die semis, De La Salle nipped Ateneo, 3-2, to forge a title duel with UP.       

The Lady Shuttlers will face the undefeated Lady Maroons in the Finals opener at 1:00 p.m.   

JM Bernardo downed Mike Minuluan 21-16, 21-16, in the opening singles to put UP ahead before NU leveled the tie at 1-1 as Alvin Morada slipped past Vinci Manuel, 21-12, 21-16, in the second singles.     

The Bulldogs grabbed the upperhand but not without a scare, as Morada and Alem Palmares nipped CK Clemente and JM Bernardo, 16-21, 21-16, 21-12, in the first doubles.       

Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan prevailed over Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales, 21-15, 21-19, in the second doubles to clinch the tie for NU.

The Bulldogs are coming off a weeklong break after sweeping all of their six elimination round ties.

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