UAAP Season 81 tennis: NU nears golden double

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 08, 2019 01:14 PM
UAAP Season 81 tennis: NU nears golden double
The Bulldogs turned back Ateneo 3-1, while the Lady Bulldogs outlasted De La Salle, 3-2.

National University moved closer in completing a golden double as its men's and women's teams won their respective Finals openers Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 lawn tennis tournament at the Colegio de San Agustin courts in City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.

The Bulldogs turned back Ateneo 3-1, while the Lady Bulldogs outlasted De La Salle, 3-2.

Tie No. 2 of the men's and women's Finals will be at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, where NU seeks to put the finishing touches on its comeback after skipping last year's competitions.  The last time the Bulldogs had a championship double was in 2016.

Marcen Gonzales drew first blood for the Blue Eagles with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Wilson Oblea in the opening singles, before Rucel Cero and AJ Alejandre came back to win the first doubles over Bong Gonzales and Julian Dayrit, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, for the Bulldogs to level the tie.

Allen Manlangit put NU ahead after Gab Tiamson retired in the deciding set of the second singles, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0, before the second doubles pair of Jeric Accion and Justin Prulla prevailed over Erj Gatdula and Luke Flores, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, to clinch the tie.

Jzash Canja delivered in the deciding singles match for the Lady Bulldogs with 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Aubrey Calma to cap an energy-zapping 12-hour women's tie.

The Lady Archers, the elimination round topnotcher, tried to clinch the Finals opener, but the second doubles of Kiezel Diaz and Jenni Dizon lost to Mae Bornia and Alliah Raguinton, 3-6, 1-6.

Former MVP Clarice Patrimonio survived Akiko de Guzman, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, in the two-and-half-hour first singles match to put NU ahead, before De La Salle made it 1-1 as the first doubles pair of Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca won over Giza Antalan and Zam Dumlao, 6-2, 6-3.

Angel Santiago bucked a first set loss and fought off cramps to beat Annie Tumanda, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, in the second singles to give the Lady Archers a 2-1 lead.

 

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