UP, NU near UAAP badminton titles
Mark Escarlote on Oct 14, 2015 04:34 PM
National University moved a win closer for its second straight men's crown while University of the Philippines is on the brink of a repeat women's title in the 78th UAAP badminton tournament.
(Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall)
8:00 a.m. – NU vs DLSU (Men Finals, Game 2)
1:00 p.m. – UP vs ADMU (Women Finals, Game 2)
University of the Philippines closed in on for a repeat crown, drawing first blood in the 78th UAAP women’s badminton best-of-three finals series against Ateneo de Manila, 3-1, Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The Lady Maroons banked on their strong doubles pairs to erase an early deficit and complete a come-from-behind win.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Jessie Francisco and Lea Inlayo defeated Janel Dihiansan and Java De Vera, 24-22, 21-12, in the first doubles duel before Paola Bernardo and Elisa Ongcuangco sealed UP’s victory in a three-set triumph 21-11, 19-21, 21-16 over Bianca Carlos and Cass Lim.
Carlos gave Ateneo an early lead after overpowering Bea Bernardo, 21-12, 21-14, in the opening singles.
UP equalized in the second singles courtesy of Mary Ann Marañon’s win against Lim, 21-12, 21-11.
Game 2 in on Saturday.
Meanwhile, thrice-to-beat armed National University also moved within a win of claiming the back-to-back men's titles as it trampled De La Salle, 3-0.
MVP contender Peter Magnaye starred anew for the Bulldogs as he manhandled Gerald Sibayan, 23-21, 21-8 in the first singles.
Magnaye teamed up with Alvin Morada as the Bulldog duo scalped Sibayan and Anton Cayanan 21-18, 21-14, in the first doubles match to frustrate the Green Archers.
Rookie Keeyan Gabuelo completed the sweep with a straight sets win over La Salle’s Kenneth Monterubio, 19-21, 21-14, 21-19.
"I'm very contented with the performance of my players and hopefully we can finish this on Saturday," said NU coach Jojo Mance.
The Bulldogs, looking for its third title in for year, jacked their unbeaten run to 17 ties since last season.
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