Blue Eagles punch last badminton semis ticket

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 02, 2016 12:48 PM
Blue Eagles punch last badminton semis ticket
Ateneo outlasted University of Sto. Tomas to arrange a step-ladder semis duel with De La Salle.

Ateneo booked the remaining men's semifinals berth in the UAAP Season 79 badminton tournament with a 3-1 victory over University of Santo Tomas in Sunday’s do-or-die playoff.      

The Blue Eagles avenged their 2-3 defeat to the Growling Tigers Saturday at the end of the preliminaries.      

Ateneo will now face fierce rival De La Salle in the first stepladder semis, a knockout affair, on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.     

Three-peat seeking National University is already in the best-of-three championship series after winning all its seven elimination round ties, while University of the Philippines holds the twice-to-beat bonus in the second step-ladder semis after finishing second with a 6-1 card.      

Clarence Filart drew first blood for the Eagles in the first singles match, hacking out a 21-17, 21-11 win over Christian Yabut.      

Jan Mangubat made it a 2-0 lead for Ateneo following a 21-13, 21-11 dismantling of Kristian Barrios in the second singles.     

UST's Paul Pantig and Edgar Reyes carved out a 21-16, 21-16 win over over Filart and Sean Chan in the first doubles to stay alive.      

Hanz Bernardo and Mangubat then prevailed over Mark Sotea and Barrios, 21-12, 21-18, in the second doubles to clinch the tie for the Eagles. 

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