National University (NU) Bulldogs kept their win-loss card unblemished after dominating the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 5-0, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall in Malate, Manila on Saturday.
Frell Keeyan Gabuelo snatched the first set from Nicole Clarence Filart in the first singles match, 21-16. Filart bounced back in the second set, forcing a tiebreaker, 15-21. Gabuelo then trounced Filart in the last set, 21-9.
Bulldog Ross Lee Pedrosa finished off Carlo Glenn Remo in straight sets, 21-12, 21-17.
“There would be very, very, very minimal adjustment since we’re going to the Final Four. I just have to talk to the players about their errors. They still have a lot of unforced errors especially in the singles,” said NU head coach Jaime Llanes.
Alem Palmares and Mike Minuluan survived the mayhem of the duo of Hanz Christian Bernardo and Emilio Mangubat Jr. of Ateneo, 21-19, 21-19.
Pedrosa and Alvin Morada easily dispatched Patrick Gecosala and Fides Joven Bagasbas in the last doubles match, 21-8, 21-15.
Blue Eagle Mangubat took away the first set from Minuluan, 16-21. Munuluan then completed a come-from-behind victory, stealing the last two sets, 21-18, 21-16.
The NU Bulldogs are three games away from sweeping the season but Llanes said that he wouldn’t relax in their upcoming games.
“I don’t want to be confident because all of the teams prepared. Everyone wants to beat us. As you can see earlier, Ateneo really fought hard. For sure, UP would do the same (on Wednesday) so we’ll differ in the fielding of players.”
The undefeated University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons swept the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, 5-0, while the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws and the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers defeated the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors and University of Santo Tomas (UST), 4-1, respectively.
In the women’s play, the UP Lady Maroons smashed the Adamson Lady Falcons, 5-0.
Malvine Ann Venice Alcala, Gelita Castilo, duos Jessie Francisco and Christine Eleanor Inlayo, and Marina Caculitan and Mary Ann Maranon finished off their foes from Adamson in straight sets.
In the last singles match, Lady Maroon Ann Jeline Masongsong beat Mika Aquino in three sets, 17-21, 22-20, 22-20.
“It was exciting but as expected, we can really win over them. All of us are really happy,” said UP head coach Tosi Alcasid. “The last game was head racing and exciting. Well, she (Masongsong) tried. She’s one of our second stringers.”
The FEU Lady Tamaraws also overpowered the UE Lady Warriors, 5-0; the Ateneo Lady Eagles tamed the NU Lady Bulldogs, 4-1, while the La Salle Lady Archers survived the UST Tigresses, 3-2.
The UP Maroons, UE Warriors, Ateneo Eagles, and UST Tigers will battle the FEU Tamaraws, NU Bulldogs, La Salle Archers, and Adamson Falcons, respectively, in the men’s division at 8:00 a.m., and in the women’s division at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday at the same venue.