Bulldogs, Maroons clinch men's badminton Final 4 spots

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 25, 2016 08:14 PM
Bulldogs, Maroons clinch men's badminton Final 4 spots
The Bulldogs blanked University of the East, 5-0, for their fifth straight victory this season.

Titleholder National University and University of the Philippines secured the first two Final Four slots after winning over their respective men's division foes Sunday in the UAAP badminton tournament.

The Bulldogs blanked University of the East, 5-0, while the Fighting Maroons carved out a 4-1 victory over Far Eastern University at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

NU and UP stretched their unbeaten runs to five, as the two teams, handled by brothers Jaime and Melvin Llanes, dispute the solo lead in the penultimate day of the eliminations on Wednesday.

The winner will also move within a victory of claiming an outright spot in the best-of-three championship series.

Ateneo, meanwhile, nipped De La Salle, 3-2, to improve its record at 3-2 in third place, while University of Santo Tomas blanked Adamson University, 5-0.

The Growling Tigers moved in a tie with the Tamaraws and the Green Archers from fourth to sixth spots at 2-3, while the Red Warriors and the Falcons fell at 1-4 and 0-5 slates, respectively.

In women's play on Saturday, reigning titlist UP defeated Adamson University, 5-0, to remain on top of the standings at 4-0.

Ateneo topped NU, 4-1, while De La Salle prevailed over UST, 3-2, as the two fierce rivals stayed in joint second at 3-1, while FEU blanked UE, 5-0.

The Lady Tamaraws joined the Lady Bulldogs at 2-2, while the Tigresses and the Lady Falcons went down at 1-3, and the Lady Warriors remained winless in four ties.

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