Ateneo nears women's badminton crown
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 10, 2016 04:32 PM
Ateneo de Manila is just one win away from claiming its fourth women's badminton title.
Ateneo de Manila ended University of the Philippines' 25-game winning streak with a 3-2 squeaker to snatch Game 1 of the 79th UAAP women's badminton Finals last Sunday.
Trixie Malibiran gave the Lady Eagles the clincher with a 21-17, 21-9 over Bea Bernardo in the third singles.
It was Ateneo's fourth straight victory, including three consecutive do-or-die stepladder semifinals matches against second ranked De La Salle and No. 4 National University.
The Lady Eagles seek a fourth championship - and the first since in 2013 with another victory Wednesday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The Lady Maroons, who emerged victorious in the past two years via 9-0 sweeps, jumped straight to the Finals after sweeping all of their seven elimination round ties.
Ateneo also overcame twice-to-beat disadvantage in the men's stepladder semis as it bested UP, 3-2, in the decider.
The Blue Eagles, who also defeated the Fighting Maroons, 3-1, on Saturday, will face the Bulldogs in the best-of-three title series starting Wednesday.
Hanz Bernardo prevailed over Wilson Lopez, 21-15, 21-12, in the deciding singles to seal the deal for the Katipunan-based shuttlers.
NU secured an outright passage in the championship round after going 7-0 in the eliminations. The Bulldogs have won 25 consecutive ties dating back from 2014.
The Eagles, who last ruled three years ago, actually have won four straight elimination games to go this far.Prior to defeating UP twice, Ateneo bundled out University of Santo Tomas in a playoff for the last semis slot before ousting De La Salle in the first step-ladder duel.