UP shuttlers grab outright finals berth, thrice-to-beat advantage

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 05, 2015 03:39 PM
UP shuttlers grab outright finals berth in women's play
The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons made a return trip to the finals and will be armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage.

Defending champion University of the Philippines made a return trip to the Finals with a 3-2 squeaker over Ateneo de Manila Sunday in the 78th UAAP women's badminton at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. 

Lea Inlayo played the heroine’s role, sealing the Lady Maroons outright entry to the championship round armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage by beating Janel Dihiansan, 21-8, 22-20, in the third singles match.

The Lady Eagles were on track of derailing the UP's sweep after taking a 2-1 lead in a rematch of last year's championship duel.

The Lady Maroons struggled early in the tie as Season 77 Rookie of the Year Mary Ann Marañon was forced to forfeit her second singles match due to back pains, giving last year’s Most Valuable Player Bianca Carlos the victory. Ateneo won the first singles match. 

UP stormed back as Paola Bernardo and Elisa Concuangco prevailed in the second doubles match against Carlos and Cass Lim, 21-18, 21-18.      

Inlayo, who paired with reigning MVP Jessie Francisco in a narrow 14-21, 21-8, 20-22 loss to Dihiansan and Java de Vera in the first doubles, got some sort of revenge the third singles match for a seven-tie sweep. UP is unbeaten in 16 ties dating back from last season.     

With the setback, Ateneo slipped to third spot with a 5-2 card.     

De La Salle ended its campaign with a 6-1 slate following a 4-1 demolition of Far Eastern University.       

The Lady Archers finished second and took the twice-to-beat bonus in the second step-ladder semifinals match. 

The Lady Eagles and the Lady Tamaraws, who placed fourth in the eliminations with a 4-3 card, will face off in the first step-ladder duel.       

In a pair of no-bearing ties, National University and University of Santo Tomas ended their season on a high note after registering similar 5-0 wins over University of the East and Adamson University, respectively. 

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