Blue Eagles, Lady Eagles survive first stepladder semis ties
Bianca Carlos of Ateneo de Manila University led the Lady Eagles past National University in the first phase of the 80th UAAP women's badminton stepladder semifinals.
Ateneo won its second straight do-or-die men's tie as it toppled University of Santo Tomas, 3-1, while its women's team also survived with a 3-1 victory over National University in the UAAP Season 80 badminton stepladder semifinals Sunday.
Keoni Asuncion bested John Edgar Reyes, 21-16, 21-17, while Carlo Remo outlasted Diego Christian Yabut, 24-22, 20-22, 21-13, to put the Blue Eagles ahead at 2-0.
Clarence Filart and Sean Chan bowed to Mark Sotea and Reyes, 10-21, 18-21, in the first doubles to give the Growling Tigers a lifeline.
Remo and Asuncion tripped John Miguel Santiago and Kristian Barrios, 21-15, 21-18, in the second doubles to clinch the tie for Ateneo and avenge its 0-5 loss to UST in the final day of eliminations.
The Blue Eagles will face twice-to-beat University of the Philippines in the second stepladder, a rematch of last season's semis, on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
Ateneo first hurdled De La Salle Saturday to clinch the last semis berth.
Titleholder National University is in the best-of-three Finals after sweeping all of its six elims ties.
Bianca Carlos and Chanelle Lunod provided the clincher for the Lady Eagles, who will face second-ranked Lady Shuttlers on Friday at the same Malate venue.