NU grabs twice-to-beat edge in UAAP Tennis Finals

Anthony Divinagracia on Feb 16, 2015 05:14 PM
NU grabs twice-to-beat edge
Reigning UAAP women's tennis MVP Christine Patrimonio led National University to another Finals appearance.

National University (NU) extended its winning streak to a record 32 matches on Sunday as the Bulldogs claimed the twice-to-beat advantage heading into the Finals of the 77th UAAP men's tennis tournament at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque.

The defending champions blanked second-running University of Santo Tomas (UST), 5-0, to stay unbeaten with a 5-0 record. But more than that, the Bulldogs grabbed the upperhand for their historic three-peat bid next Sunday even as NU stakes its 32-match streak dating back from its first title quest in Season 75.

Dheo Talatayod set the rout in motion with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Francisio Santos in Singles 1.  Fritz Verdad followed that up by outlasting Francis Lanzado, 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-0, before Leander Lazaro made it 3-nil in the last singles pairing with a 6-0, 6-2 domination of Hakeem Cariga.

AL Michaal Madrio and Jigo Pena walked over the UST pair of Joel Cabusas and Francis Patino in Doubles 1 before the NU tandem of John Accion and Francis Alcantara completed the sweep with a 6-4, 6-4 drubbing of Bernalou and Bernan Bering.

Like their male counterparts, the Lady Bulldogs emerged victorius as well, pawing University of the Philippines (UP), in their last elimination assignment to go 4-0 going into the Finals.

Sisters Clarice and Christine Patrimonio gave NU a 2-0 start by whipping Christine Valdez and Monica Cortez with similar 6-0, 6-1 results in the first two singles pairings.

UP though snatched Singles 3 with Nicole Eugenio beating Louise Penados, 7-5, 6-0.

But the Lady Bulldogs recovered in Doubles 1 as Jzah Canja and Goldie Nagret clobbered Sarah Jane Lim and Medelene Ramos, 6-3, 6-2, before Junnelyn Piloto and Hanna Espinosa made it two-in-a-row with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Moira Velecaria, and Bancy Pena in the last doubles play.

Finals matches in both men’s and women’s divisions start on Sunday.

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