Second seed De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers will battle third seed Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles in the stepladder semifinals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s badminton tournament on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall in Malate, Manila.
The Ateneo Lady Eagles easily dispatched fourth seed National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 3-0, on Sunday.
Bianca Ysabel Carlos swept the first singles match against Mitzi Joy Pantoja, 21-10, 21-8, while Patricia Edrika Malibiran finished off Marinel Diansay in straight sets, 21-9, 21-11.
Ateneo’s duo of Joella Geva De Vera and Cassandra Grace Lim survived a three-set thriller against Jhayvin Mae Dizon and Mary Keren Kezziah Cuilao, 21-14, 19-21, 21-14.
The No.2 La Salle Lady Archers hold a twice-to-beat advantage with 6-1 win-loss card.
The Lady Archers edged the Lady Eagles, 3-2, in their first meeting in the elimination round on September 25.
La Salle’s Alyssa Leonardo drew the first blood against Samantha Louisse Ramos in the first singles match, 21-19, 21-7. But Ateneo’s Carlos snatched the next singles match against Monica Ariane Rivera, 13-21, 8-21.
Kristelle Dawn Salatan and Aires Amor Montilla notched the second win for La Salle at the expense of De Vera and Malibiran, 21-14, 21-18. Carlos and Chanelle Lunod then tied the matches at 2-2 after defeating Leonardo and Mariya Angela Sevilla, 12-21, 21-10, 17-21.
Sevilla then finished off Janelle Gloriane Rivera in the last singles match, 21-12, 22-20.
However, the Lady Eagles nullified the twice-to-beat advantage of the Lady Archers last season, by notching a 3-1 victory in both matches.
In the men’s play, third seed La Salle Green Archers will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP men’s badminton tournament at 8:00 a.m.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles clinched the fourth spot after dominating the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in the playoffs on Sunday, 3-1.
During their first meeting, the Blue Eagles survived last season’s runner up Green Archers, 3-2.
“Actually, we had a good game. Ateneo became more aggressive in the deciding match. Experience-wise, they had the edge since they have an ex-junior national team who played in the doubles so his experience is a big thing. And then he (Andrew Pineda) got more pressured since 2-all and it was his first time to be put in that situation. But it was a good game because my team played until the end,” said La Salle head coach Owen Lopez.