NU, Ateneo shuttlers near semis
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 29, 2017 02:14 PM
Reigning titlist National University and Ateneo de Manila University moved a step closer to the semifinals seat.
Defending champion National University and Ateneo moved closer to clinching a seat in the men's Final Four after easily beating their respective foes Friday in the 80th UAAP badminton tournament.
The Bulldogs tallied a 5-0 romp of Adamson University, while the Blue Eagles hacked out a 4-1 decision over University of the East.
NU and Ateneo improved to 3-0, and the two teams will dispute the first semifinals berth at 8:00 a.m. Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
University of the Philippines nipped University of Santo Tomas, 3-2, in the other tie to join De La Salle in third place at 2-1.
Women's titleholder UP and Ateneo, meanwhile, primed up for their Finals rematch tomorrow after overwhelming separate foes to move within a win of securing a place in the Final Four.
The Poca Alcala-led Lady Maroons trimmed UE, 4-1, while Lady Eagles, starring Bianca Carlos, conquered Adamson University, 4-1.
De La Salle blanked UST, 5-0, to improve at 2-1 and tie idle NU in third place.
The Bulldogs' Alvin Morada defeated Kevin Fabros, 21-9, 21-18, Keeyan Gabuelo bested Johnrick Macabenta, 23-25, 21-9, and Mike Minuluan turned back Marf Concha to sweep the singles matches.
Completing the shutout win are NU's doubles pairs of Minuluan and Christian Cuyno, a 21-14, 21-11 winner over Concha and Joshua Antonio, and Morada and Alem Palmares, who toppled Fabros and Macabenta, 21-16, 21-19.
The Eagles' drew victories from Carlo Remo, who tripped Joseph Manlalangit, 21-10, 21-10, in the first singles, and Clarence Filart, who downed Benjamin Silva, 21-8, 21-10, in the second singles.
Also emerging victorious are Ateneo's Remo and Keoni Asuncion, who topped Robert Barreto and Clarence Camacho, 21-16, 21-15, in the first doubles, and Filart and Tomas Alfonso Fernandez, who subdued Manlalangit and John Kenneth Cruz, 21-16, 21-15, in the second doubles.
The only loss for the Eagles came from Sean Chan, who bowed to Angelo Joaquin David, 20-22, 16-21, in the third singles.
The Red Warriors and the Growling Tigers fell at 1-3, while the Falcons remained winless in four ties.