Lady Tennisters succumb to Lady Bulldogs in 12-hour Finals opener

Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters dropped the opener of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Lawn Tennis Finals, 2-3, against the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs.

It took 12 long hours before a winner emerged in Game 1 at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts yesterday, April 7, also the feast day of DLSU’s founder St. John Baptist de La Salle.

With only one court used for the entire day, Akiko De Guzman started the championship round of the women’s division. De Guzman challenged Clarice Patrimonio again in the first singles that went the distance. The Taft-based Tennister yielded in the first set, 5-7, before taking the second set, 6-3, to force a decider. However, Patrimonio emerged victorious after winning the deciding set, 6-4, as NU drew first blood.

In the first doubles match of the game, the usual tandem of Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca notched a sweep against their opponents, Giza Antalan and Zam Dumlao, 6-2, 6-3. The win put La Salle on the scoreboard and evened things up against NU, 1-all.

La Salle pushed the tempo in the second singles as Lady Tennister Angel Santiago rode on the Green and White’s momentum. Her opponent, Annie Tumanda, claimed the first set, 7-5. However, Santiago would not be denied as she thwarted Tumanda in the second set, 6-4, before pulling away with a 6-1 victory in the final set. The three-hour match and the victory gave the Taft-based squad a pivotal 2-1 lead over the Jhocson-based squad.

NU would not come down just yet, however, as Mae Bornia and Alliah Ragunton made quick work of Kiezl Diaz and Jenni Dizon in the second singles match. The Lady Bulldogs took the first set, 6-3. Then, they finished the Lady Tennisters duo with a victory in the second set, 6-1, that also forged a deciding third singles match.

In the final match of the day, Aubrey Calma faced her second round tormentor Jzash Canja anew. Canja drew first blood with a 6-4 victory over Calma in the first set. Nevertheless, Calma did not come down without a fight as a 6-2 win brought both squads back to square one. In the deciding set, however, Calma could not keep her momentum as Canja routed her behind a hot 4-0 start.

The loss gave La Salle a two-game losing streak following six consecutive wins in the elimination round. This was also a back-to-back defeat from NU as the Lady Tennisters also ended Round 2 with a loss to the Lady Bulldogs.

Regardless, the DLSU Lady Tennisters look to bounce back in Game 2 against the same squad tomorrow, April 9, 8 AM at the same venue. A victory for La Salle will force a do-or-die Game 3 on Saturday, April 13, 8 AM at the same venue, while a loss will end their campaign at second place.

Green Spikers surrender once more to archrivals Blue Eagles

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers suffered a straight-set defeat from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 22-25, 20-25, 20-25, earlier today at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The first set was a close one, where both teams battled hard to get the win. La Salle looked like a real team as they put out plays that helped made the game competitive. However, Ateneo’s Tony Koyfman displayed his dominance as the Blue Eagles took the first set away from the Green Spikers, 25-22.

The Taft-based squad tried to turn things around to start the second set. Billie Anima kept his team within striking distance. However, Chumason Njigha joined Koyfman and Ateneo’s rally to create a six-point lead, 15-9. Keiffer Reyes stopped the bleeding as the Green and White started a run of their own with him and team captain Cris Dumago leading the charge. However, a late barrage of offensive attacks put the Blue and White up by five, 22-17. Ateneo did not look back as La Salle sunk by two sets, 20-25.

The Green Spikers could not find their rhythm in the third set as they trailed, 1-8, at the first technical timeout. On the other hand, the Blue Eagles continued to ride their momentum in the third set. Crosscourt hits by Dumago kept La Salle within striking distance, 12-16. The Taft-based squad were able to pull to within two, 14-16. However, they could not capitalize as Koyfman and Njigha shut the door on La Salle, 25-20.

The DLSU Green Spikers (3-6) will try to put themselves back in the winning column when they face the UE Red Warriors on Sunday, March 31, 10 AM at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Lady Tennisters extend winning streak, secure spot in the Finals

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters grabbed the top spot in the Women’s Division of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament last weekend, March 23 and 24, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Lady Tennisters vs UP

The Lady Tennisters improved to 5-1 after defeating the UP Fighting Lady Maroons last Saturday, 4-1.

Angel Santiago hit the right notes to start the day after sweeping Nica Alanis, 6-0, 6-1. This gave the Green and White a hot start that they are looking for.

In the first doubles of the game, the pair of team captain Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca thrashed UP’s Delrose Duran and Theresa Tan. They took the win in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

Aubrey Calma emerged victorious over Willow Day, 6-0, 6-2, in the second singles match.

The duo Jenni Dizon and Kiezl Diaz squared up in a thrilling battle against Danielle Carranza and Dana Uy. Both sets went the distance, 7-6, but La Salle hung on to win the match.

UP did not leave without a win as Khim Iglupas swept La Salle’s Akiko De Guzman, 7-5, 6-2.

Lady Tennisters vs UST

The Lady Tennisters, last season’s bronze medalists, made official their entry to the grand stage following a 4-1 victory over the UST Golden Tigresses the following day.

La Salle claimed all the singles matches of the game as Calma, De Guzman, and Santiago each picked up wins over their opponents.

Calma notched a sweep over Loraine Barola in the first singles match, 6-2, 6-4. In the second singles, De Guzman also made quick work of Erica Manduriao, 6-4, 6-0. UST’s Merry Rose San Jose, however, pushed Santiago to the limit as they faced off in a three-setter. Santiago would not be denied though as she prevailed, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.

The Lady Tennisters split their doubles assignments as Dizon and Diaz lost the first doubles match to Ingrid Gonzales and Shy May Gitalan. The España-based duo took it in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.

Aquino and Nillasca, on the other hand, pummeled Mean San Jose and Angela Mosqueda, 6-4, 6-2.

The DLSU Lady Tennisters (6-1) will round up the eliminations on Sunday, March 31, 11 AM. They will face second-seeded NU Bulldogs (4-3) with a chance to sweep Round 2.

Eliminated Green Tennisters continue to rack up losses

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters continued to suffer from their losses in the Men’s Division of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament last weekend, March 23 and 24, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs ADMU

The already eliminated Green Tennisters recorded another defeat, 1-4, from the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Saturday.

Among the five matches, only team captain Betto Orendain picked up a victory for the Green and White. In the second singles, the Green Tennisters’ team captain dismantled Ateneo’s Iyo Canlas in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

Veteran Rey Mayo went through a tough battle against Gab Tiamson in the first singles. The rookie Blue Eagle dominated the match as Mayo fell, 1-6, 2-6.

In the first doubles match, the duo of Raprap Teng and Jonah Cano succumbed to Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula, 4-6, 5-7.

John Angelo Cerezo and Mark Crisosto bowed to Julian Dayrit and Bong Gonzales in the second doubles match. The Atenean pair displayed great chemistry over La Salle as they prevailed, 6-1, 6-2.

Al Andrade faced Marcen Gonzales in the third singles match. The match proved to be too much for the Andrade as Gonzales took both sets, 6-1, 6-0.

Green Tennisters vs UP

The Green Tennisters engaged in a close fight against the Fighting Maroons the following day. However, they ended up losing anew, 2-3.

Orendain won the second singles in a match that went the distance. The team captain took the first set, 6-4, before Joel Atienza forced a decider, 6-4. Orendain, however, would not be denied as he sealed the victory for La Salle with a 6-2 third set.

The duo of Teng and Cano also logged a win in the second doubles match. They dominated UP’s Elijah Arevalo and Daniel Casipit in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

In the first singles match, Andrade faced Joshua Cano of UP. The first set proved to be too much for Andrade as UP’s Cano won, 6-2. The second set showed glimpses of hope as both players took it to the limit. However, Andrade fell short anew, 5-7.

The pair of Crisosto and Jose Miguel Gran bowed to UP’s Harvey Alanis and Emmanuel Fuellas in the first doubles match. The Diliman-based duo swept the Taft-based duo, 6-1, 6-1.

UP’s Auden Paduganan swept JR Arguelles, 6-3, 6-3, in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (2-9) will round up the eliminations on Sunday, March 31, 8 AM to end their Season 81 campaign. They will face league-leading NU Bulldogs (9-1), who suffered their first loss last Sunday.

Green Batters clobber resilient UP squad to complete Round 2 sweep

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
Photo by: Steffi Chua

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters completed their sweep of the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Tournament after defeating a resilient University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons squad, 21-9, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

It was a no-bearing game for both squads as the Green Batters have already punched their ticket to the Finals. On the other hand, the Fighting Maroons are no longer in contention for the championship round. Regardless, the victory gave La Salle a huge momentum as it kept their winning streak alive.

La Salle opened the game with a hot start. Diego Lozano instantly provided a home run in the first inning. The Green Batters then added five more points in the second inning. They immediately pulled away from UP, 6-0.

The Taft-based squad continued their offensive barrage in the third inning after Boo Barandian launched a base-clearing hit. Lozano, J. Bilbao, and Casas all returned home courtesy of that double from Barandiaran. On the other hand, the Fighting Maroons ended their cold streak. Yang’s double with two RBIs put up them up to three points. Nevertheless, La Salle remained ahead, 10-3, at the end of third.

The Green Batters cooled down following a scoreless fourth inning. Meanwhile, UP loaded their second and third bases with a Balagtas bunt. Cagas nearly sent Landicho home, but a tag on him ended their offensive. No team scored in the fourth period.

Team captain Iggy Escaño connected on single with an RBI that sent Lozano home in the fifth inning. On the other hand, costly errors from the Fighting Maroons kept them scoreless in their offensive.

At the top of the sixth inning, Pineda reached the third base following one miscue after another from the Diliman-based squad. Evangelista’s pop-fly then pushed Pineda home. At the bottom of the same inning, UP converted after Geronimo reached home. Regardless, La Salle remained unshaken at 12-4 after six cantos.

Into the seventh, La Salle was already looking good in sweeping their series against UP. Ignacio sent Acuña home after hitting a double. Then, Gesmundo followed suit after two defenders missed Pascual’s short stab. Subsequently, another error from UP’s pitcher and catcher made it possible for Escaño to steal a run. Down by 10 at the bottom of the seventh inning, UP responded with Cagas and Yang racing home.

Not looking back, the Green Batters loaded their bases to open the eighth frame. However, a fly ball from Pascual became easy to catch for the defenders as the Taft-based squad could not capitalize.

After missing their shot, nonetheless, La Salle turned the top of the last inning into another scoring party. Rookie of the Year Angelo Tantuico started the barrage for the Green Batters after completing a run batted in by Acuña. Lozano, Acuña, Escaño, and UAAP MVP Kiko Gesmundo all completed the five consecutive runs made by the Taft-based squad.

The Green Batters finished the elimination round with a seven-game winning streak and a win-loss record of 8-2. They return to the grand stage for a chance to redeem themselves from their bitter loss last season. However, they will do it with a different opponent this time.

The best-of-three Finals series against their archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles will start next Friday, March 29, 12 NN at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium. Animo!

Lady Tennisters stretch winning streak to four to start Round 2

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
Photo by: Arantxa Del Mundo

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters topped archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles, 4-1, in a tightly contested match yesterday, March 17, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

The Lady Tennisters opened their second round campaign with a victory to extend their winning streak to four. Furthermore, they kept their solo spot at first place with a 4-1 win-loss record.

Akiko De Guzman led the Lady Tennisters’ campaign with a three-set win against Nicole Amistad. De Guzman claimed the opening frame, 6-2, before her opponent forced a deciding set after taking Set 2, 7-6. The Lady Tennister remained composed during the final set to seal a dominating win, 6-1.

The duo of team captain Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca won after a thrilling battle against Jana Hernandez and Jana Pages. After losing the first set, 3-6, the Taft-based pair bounced back and did not allow the Katipunan-based squad to pick up the first doubles. They took the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-2.

La Salle continued its streak as Aubrey Calma emerged victorious in the second singles over Janelle Llavore. In another intense match, Calma won the opening period before Llavore forced a do-or-die set. However, the Lady Tennister would not be denied as she took the last set, 6-2.

The series of three-setters did not end there as the long-time rivals contended in another extended match. In the second doubles, Kiezl Diaz and Jenni Dizon were on the verge of losing to Bettina Bautista and Alexis McLean after a 4-6 defeat in the first set. They were able to find their rhythm after taking down the Ateneo duo in the last two sets, 6-2, 6-4.

Ateneo’s Shaira Hope Rivera finished the day with a victory against La Salle’s Angel Santiago in the lone straight-set match of the game, 6-2, 6-2. Nonetheless, the Lady Tennisters already had the last laugh over the Lady Eagles.

The DLSU Lady Tennisters (4-1) look to stretch their winning streak to five as they face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons (2-4) next Saturday, March 23, 11 AM at the same venue.

Green Tennisters snap losing skid with rout of winless Adamson

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
Photo by: Dara Evangelista

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters returned to the win column in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournaments last Sunday, March 17, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs UE

Prior to their match on Sunday, the Green Tennisters fell to 1-7 after suffering their fifth straight defeat at the hands of the UE Red Warriors, 2-3, last Saturday, March 16.

Jonah Cano started the day off for the Green and White with a tough battle against RJ Saga of UE. The first set proved to be too much for the veteran as Saga won, 6-2. The second set spark some glimpses of hope, but Cano fell short, 4-6.

The pair of Raprap Teng and Jose Miguel Gran were unable to get a win as UE’s duo of Jeric Delos Santos and Justine Guira swept them, 6-1, 6-2.

Veteran Al Andrade faced Ranz Javier and gave the Green and White their first victory of the day, 6-0, 6-1.

The second doubles match, however, was no different story from the first. King Golfo and Rey Mayo succumbed to Ryle Singson and Harry Karon. The UE Red Warrior pair won the match, 6-2, 6-3, to seal the win for the Recto-based squad.

Nonetheless, Betto Orendain earned another win for the Taft-based squad to cap the day. The Green Tennisters’ team captain torched Mark Marquez, 6-1, 6-3.

Green Tennisters vs ADU

The Green Tennisters looked to bounce back and they did so, after keeping the Adamson Soaring Falcons winless in the competition. The Green and White brigade proved their worth, winning four of the five matches in the game.

Orendain asserted his dominance against Angelo Manlangit in the first singles. He toppled the Soaring Falcon in two sweeping sets, 6-0, 6-0.

But, Adamson bounced back quickly in the first doubles. Teng and Golfo succumbed to Jezzi Chiong and Ken Dela Cruz, also in straight sets, 3-6, 6-7.

That proved to be their lone win of the game as La Salle’s JR Arguelles picked up a great win against Samuel Nillasca, 6-3, 6-2.

The Green Tennisters continued their streak in the second doubles after Cano and Gran routed Chad Galindo and Jeffrey Burgos, 6-1, 7-6.

Andrade capped the day for La Salle after trouncing Jemar Sanchez in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (2-7) will face their rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles (6-2) next Saturday, March 23, 8 AM at the same venue.

Athlete of the Month: Betto Orendain

Student-athletes dream to reach the top and bring honor, not only to their name but also to their school, and country. It is also their goal to be recognized for their effort and to be loved by their fans. That’s how things went for Green Tennisters Captain Betto Orendain or simply Betto, as his friends and fans call him.

Being inspired and motivated by the legends of tennis like multiple Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, he showed the Lasallian community what he is capable of. Up to now, he continues to make his point.

Orendain did not start as a tennis lover. The sport did not run in his family, except for his sister. “I used to be a spectator only, watching my sister play in a tennis camp for beginners,” Orendain in his career beginnings. “It was not until a coach approached me from the camp and invited me to try it out. After that, the rest was history.”

Entering college, life as a student-athlete is not easy, and Orendain shared two main keys in balancing sports and academics. “Prioritizing and time management are the two most valuable lessons I have learned to apply in my life. Without them, I definitely wouldn’t be able to balance my academics and tennis.”

Betto Orendain is a hardworking athlete who tries to prove himself everyday in front of the coaches, teammates, and the Lasallian community. He shows this by being there always in their tough training schedule and workouts.

Working out is one of the main things that an athlete must do to keep himself fit and strong. But it is mostly a drag to workout especially if it is challenging them to be strong. Orendain shared that his workouts are not boring and can be enjoyable. “Keep your workouts fun! It doesn’t need to be whatever everyone does as long as what you’re doing is enjoyable.”

Being tall, handsome, and athletic as he is, it’s not unusual for some people to have a crush on the Lawn Tennis star. Some athletes even have crushes on their fellow athletes in the UAAP. But when asked who his UAAP crush is, Orendain simply closed, “Thats easy… It’s a secret.”

It was a wild journey for the Green Tennisters captain. He showed dominance and grace as he climbed up the ranks to become team captain, wearing the Green and White as he tries to lead the team to victory. For Orendain, achieving something feels so much better when you work hard for it and that every work he puts is not only for him but for God and country.

Green, Lady Tennisters drop Season 81 opening weekend games

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters are now 0-2 after opening their first two games of the UAAP Season 81 with consecutive losses against the NU Bulldogs and the UE Red Warriors.

Green Tennisters vs. NU

They started their campaign with a demolition from the Bulldogs last Saturday, February 16, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts. The Bulldogs dominated the courts with a sweep of the Green Tennisters, 5-0.

Team Captain Betto Orendain fell short against NU’s Jeremiah Latorre in the first singles, 2-6, 4-6. In the second singles, Jonah Cano also received a sweep from Allen Manlangit, 4-6, 2-6. The Bulldogs remained unbothered in the third singles after Wilson Oblea routed Rey Mayo, 6-0, 6-2. In the first doubles, Marraphael Teng and Al Andrade succumbed to Feb Deja and Rucel Cero, 1-6, 3-6. To cap the game, Justine Prulla and Jerric Accio of NU trounced Gelo Cere and Mark Crisosto, 6-4, 6-0.

Green Tennisters vs UE

The Green Tennisters looked to bounce back from their last match, this time against the Red Warriors yesterday, February 17. Unfortunately, they fell once more with a score of 1-4.

Orendain once again opened the games but was defeated by Rolly John Saga, 6-2, 6-3. Then, Cano gave the Green Tennisters their first match win, defeating Kyle Joseph Singson, 6-4, 6-2. Shortly however, the Red Warriors returned to their winning ways after UE’s Ranz Javier beat JR Arguelles, 6-4, 6-4. In the first doubles match, the duo of Teng and King Golfo yielded to Jeric Delos Santos and Markvin Marquez, 4-6, 4-6. La Salle’s Crisosto and Andrade did not fare as well, as they were dominated by Justin Guira and Harry Karon, 6-3, 6-0.

Lady Tennisters vs UP

In the women’s division, the Lady Tennisters also started their season with a defeat from the UP Fighting Lady Maroons, 1-4, yesterday at the same venue.

Akiko De Guzman led the Lady Tennisters’ campaign with a dominating win against Ma. Delrose Duran, 6-4, 6-1. However, UP bounced back immediately after Khim Iglupas defeated La Salle’s Angel Santiago, 6-3, 6-2. The Lady Maroons did not look back as Nica Alanis claimed the third singles over Aubrey Calma, 6-2, 6-1. In the first doubles, team captain Jed Aquino and Kiezl De Guzman bowed to Willow Day and Dana Uy, 2-6, 2-6. The second doubles game went the distance with three sets, but Lady Tennisters Arianne Nillasco and Kyla Orillosa succumbed to Francaix Manguiat and Dana Regala, 1-6, 6-4, 2-6.

The Green and Lady Tennisters look to taste their first victories of the season in their next outings. The Green Tennisters will face UP on February 23 (Saturday), 8 AM. On the other hand, The Lady Tennisters will face Ateneo and NU on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, both at 11 AM. All games will be played at the same venue.

UAAP Season 81 Team Preview: DLSU Green Tennisters

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters are ready to give their best for the pride of the Green and White in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Lawn Tennis Tournament.

The Green Tennisters took home the bronze from last year’s tournament after a dominant run from Kyle Parpan and Betto Orendain. Parpan, the team’s former captain, played his final playing year in Season 80. On the other hand, the mantle of team captain is now passed on to Orendain, who will be leading a new set of players for the upcoming season.

“Last year was probably the biggest what if I have at the moment. I know our team last season was a serious contender for the championship.” Orendain talked about the team’s campaign last year. He added, “But that’s life. We don’t always get what we want and that’s okay. I know God still pulls through for us in the end no matter what.”

Good chemistry is the name of the game for the Green Tennisters as they are going into battle with a fresh and young team. This upcoming season, the Green and White are looking to fill in the void left by five skippers who they lost due to graduation. They also aim to continue developing their game not only as individuals but also as a team in general.

LA Cañizares, Qoqo Allian, Dale Gorospe, and Hans Asistio join Parpan in the list of veteran Green Tennisters who graduated last year.

Meanwhile, King Golfo and Miguell Gran will be seeing action for the first time this season but are already expected to bring some seniority to the other rookies.

Although the current roster has a young team, the veterans remain confident and positive heading into the new season. Jonah Cano, Rey Mayo, Rap Teng, Gelo Cerezo, and Jr Arguelles will be back this upcoming season to help catapult the team to a podium finish. With them are rookies Al Andrande and Mark Crisosto who will provide young legs to the roster.

The team captain believes that they have “a good set of talent this season.” He added that the rookies did great during their practices and they continue to improve as their training goes. “Hopefully they are able to play their real game during the season,” the team captain bares. “I believe that they will get better, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

The Taft-based squad participated in a tournament in Ateneo back in November 2018 as part of their training and preparations for Season 81. “There are signs of improvements in our performance as team that look promising for the upcoming season,” Orendain shared.

The Green Tennisters will also face some adjustments similar to the Lady Tennisters as the Lawn Tennis tournaments will be held at CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts. Moreover, they will also play more games as NU and Adamson rejoin the tournament after their absence last season.

With these adjustments, the team always remind themselves to always have a great mindset before the game and to be serious in performing out in the court.

“The most important would be the team’s mindset. The mood needs to be set a few days before so that everyone realizes the seriousness of the competition beforehand,” Orendain shared. “If you step on the court having a weak and unprepared mindset, then you’ve already lost, even before playing the first point.”

Support the DLSU Green Tennisters as they open their campaign against the NU Bulldogs on February 16, 2019, 8 AM.

Roster: Betto Orendain, Jonah Cano, Rey Mayo, Rap Teng, Gelo Cerezo, Jr Arguelles, King Golfo, Al Andrade, Mark Crisosto, Miguell Gran