Knights inch closer to lawn tennis title

Mark Escarlote on Dec 15, 2014 03:32 PM
Letran two wins away from NCAA lawn tennis crown
Letran waylaid San Beda at the start of the 90th NCAA lawn tennis tournament second round pennant.

Emmanuel Fuellas delivered the biggest victory for Letran dominating Peter Oterun of San Beda Red Lions, 6-2, 6-0, in the deciding singles play as the Knights move closer to snaring the 90th NCAA lawn tennis tournament title. 

The Knights walked away with their first win in the second round in a close 2-1 decision Monday at the rain-soaked Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.       

Letran, the first round pennant winner with 7-1 slate, took the early lead after Jose Nicolas crushed Vincent Anida in an emphatic 6-2, 6-0, decision. 

San Beda tied the match when the tandem of Anida and John Gulto dismissed Letran’s Marcus and Miguel del Rosario, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, in the doubles but Oterun spoiled the Red Lions' comeback and pushed the Knights two victories closer to their second straight crown and 11th overall. 

Meanwhile, Perpetual Help Altas stayed in title contention after it downed San Sebastian Stags, 2-1, with Elbert Bacong taking the game-clinching 7-6, 6-0 win over Victor Oto. 

The Altas drew first blood as Ed Barangan ambushed Francis Parangan, 6-2, 6-2, before the Stags evened the match with doubles triump by Arjohn dela Cruz and Ryan Labactida against Chad Bustalino and Rene Sevilla, 6-1, 6-2. 

The Las Pinas-based school will need to smash their way pass San Beda and Letran to take the second round pennant and force a title decider with the Knights.

 

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