Braves wade past Staglets, near first lawn tennis title
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 12, 2016 01:43 PM
Arellano University is now just two wins away from capturing its first ever juniors lawn tennis title.
Arellano University trounced San Sebastian College, 2-1, Monday to move two wins away from capturing its first ever title in the 92nd NCAA juniors lawn tennis competition at the Rizal Tennis Center.
Aljohn Talatayod downed Vincent Anida, 6-3, 6-4, in the opening singles and Norman Gaspar overpowered Pete Coteron, 6-2, 6-1, in the reverse singles to clinch the match for the Braves.
The Staglets had the duel knotted at one game apiece after Sherwin Villacorte and Joseph Anida smashed John Harold Trillanes and Juan Carlos Lapore, 6-2, 6-0, in the doubles and sent it into the deciding singles match.
In the end, Gaspar handily beat Coteron to seal the win.
Arellano U, which clinched the first round pennant, could secure its very first title since it joined the league six years ago if it could beat defending champion San Beda and Lyceum of the Philippines University in their last two outings of the second round.
And only the Red Cubs are in the way after they trounced the Junior Pirates with wins by Dawson Ormoc over Elvin Joseph Geluz, 6-0, 7-5, and Aldy Ignacio and Patrick Mendoza over Jason Guillermo and Joshua Cabanog, 6-0, 6-0.
LPU averted a shutout after Stefano Gurria edged Eduardo Bagaforo, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, in the non-bearing reverse singles match.
San Beda currently tied with Mapua as the league's most titled juniors teams with 16 titles apiece and if it could top the second round, force a finals and beat Arellano U in the finals, the former would end up the winningest squad.