UP clinches Final Four slot in men's badminton

UP clinches Final Four slot in men's badminton
University of the Philippines joined defending champion National University in the men's badminton Final Four.

University of the Philippines nipped Ateneo, 3-2, to clinch a Final Four slot Sunday in the 80th UAAP badminton tournament.       

The pairs of CK Clemente and JM Bernardo, and Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales completed a sweep of doubles, while Bernardo provided the lone singles victory for the Fighting Maroons to improve at 4-1 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.       

UP joined defending champion National University, a 4-1 winner over De La Salle, in the Final Four.     

The Bulldogs stretched their perfect run to five and moved within a win of securing an outright championship berth.     

NU shoots for the slot in the best-of-three Finals against also-ran University of the East in the final day of eliminations at 8 a.m. on Thursday at the same Malate venue.    

The Blue Eagles and the Green Archers dropped to 3-2 card in joint third.

University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, kept its semifinals hopes alive with a 5-0 shutout win over Adamson University for a 2-3 card, stalling Ateneo and La Salle's march to the semis.       

In the women's division Saturday, titleholder UP overcame Ateneo, 3-2, to secure the first Final Four berth with a 4-0 record.     

La Salle overpowered UE, 5-0, while NU beat Adamson University, 4-1, to force a three-way tie with Ateneo in second spot at 3-1.

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