Red Warriors, Tigresses sweep elims of UAAP 80 tennis
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 11, 2018 06:09 PM
The UE Red Warriors completed a season sweep of the Ateneo Blue Eagles on the last day of the elimination round.
University of the East swept the elimination round with a 4-1 conquest of Ateneo de Manila University in a preview of men's Finals on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 lawn tennis tournament at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
The Red Warriors completed a season sweep of the Blue Eagles, with Rogelio Estaño and RJ Saga sealing the deal with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision of Bong Gonzales and Julian Dayrit in the second doubles.
Back-to-back title-seeking UE went perfect in eight ties.
Last season's runner-up University of Santo Tomas also swept the tennis elimination round at the expense of Ateneo, 3-2, in a women's Finals preview.
The Tigresses completed a six-tie sweep despite the loss of ace Ingrid Gonzales, who was forced to retire in the second doubles due to a sprained knee.
The championship ties in both divisions is set at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the same Malate venue.
Reigning MVP AJ Lim bested Ino Canlas, 6-1, 6-1, Joshua Kinaadman tripped AJ Rivero, 7-6, 6-3, and Dolfo Barquin beat Marcen Gonzales, 6-3, 6-4, as the Warriors dominated singles play.
Ateneo's lone victory came from the first doubles of Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula, who tripped Jeric delos Santos and Justine Guira, 6-3, 6-1.
Kendies Malinis lost her singles match to Khrizelle Sampaton, 2-6, 3-6, but UST drew wins from Erika Manduriao, who emerged victorious over Alexis McLean, 6-2, 6-2, and Monica Cruz, who overwhelmed Katrina Hernandez, 6-1, 6-0.
After Gonzales went down with an injury, she and Precian Rivera lost their second doubles match to Jana Hernandez and Nicole Amistad, 4-6, 0-1.
But the Tigresses' pair of Caorte and Danica Bautista provided the clincher over Carmen So and Martina Bautista, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.