Green and Lady Shuttlers mop up ADU, UST in season-opener sweeps

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers were a house on fire in their first game of the UAAP Season 82 after blanking the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 5-0, yesterday morning, September 18, at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court. Later in the afternoon, the Lady Shuttlers also mopped the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 5-0.

GREEN SHUTTLERS VS ADU

Team captain Jan-e Mangubat gave La Salle its first won match with a three-set thriller against Elbren Concha. Mangubat trailed in sets, 0-1, after losing the first set, 15-21. He then bounced back in the second set, 21-15, and went on to clinch the match in the third set, 21-10.

Graduating Green Shuttler Andrew Pineda made quick work of Kevin Fabros, 21-13, 21-16, for a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Mangubat and Hanz Bernardo, who were teammates in Ateneo before moving to La Salle, clinched the victory for the Taft-based squad after sweeping Fabros and David Libanan, 21-17, 21-18.

Pineda and rookie Joshua Morada likewise won a tightly-contested second doubles match against Concha and Johnrick Macabenta, 21-18, 22-20.

Bernardo capped the sweep for the Green-and-White with an easy victory over Libanan, 21-13, 21-10.

LADY SHUTTLERS VS UST

Despite missing the services of former Most Valuable Player Nicole Albo, who committed to the upcoming SEA Games, the Lady Shuttlers seemed fine as they started with a bang.

Team captain Iyah Sevilla gave her opponent Elij Pena a hard time to score to open the tie, 21-7, 21-10.

Rookie Mia Manguilimotan defeated Kristeen Geronimo in the second singles match, 21-13, 22-20.

Sevilla partnered with sophomore Shuttler Kanna Baba in the first doubles match. The duo dominated, 21-14, 21-10, as La Salle officially logged the win over UST.

Manguilimotan and fellow rookie Palma Cruz trounced Geronimo and Stephanie Mortera, while Baba sealed the deal with a 21-9, 21-19 decision over Mortera in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers and Lady Shuttlers will continue their quest tomorrow, September 20, at the same venue. The Green Shuttlers will face the UE Red Warriors at 8 AM, while the Lady Shuttlers will meet their archrivals ADMU Lady Eagles at 1 PM.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Shuttlers

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Shuttlers were brimming with hope as they entered UAAP Season 81. After all, they became successful in breaking a seven-year championship drought and bringing the gold back to Taft Avenue in Season 80. The celebration, however, could not extend for one more year as the squad fell flat in retaining the title and instead settled for a third place finish.

The Lady Shuttlers now look to complete a mission they failed as they enter Season 82. With a lineup composed of young and promising athletes, the Green-and-White have never been hungrier in meeting one goal: to win the championship once more.

OVERCOMING PRESSURE

“Nung Season 80, champion sila. Tapos nung Season 81, nag second runner-up na lang. Ang hirap din kasi nung pressure, galing ka sa champion,” admitted head coach Owen Lopez. He continued, “May time na minsan, may nagcho-choke.”

The soft-spoken mentor bared that motivating the Lady Shuttlers and giving them the extra push in knowing how to handle the pressure on their shoulders are the biggest things that the coaching staff had to handle. “Kailangan namin masabihan para ma-motivate pa sila kung ano ba talaga yung goals ng team,” he shared.

MISSING PIECES

The Taft-based squad lost several veterans last season owing to graduation and maxing out of eligibility. This left the team with a huge void that was filled by new and inexperienced faces.

Iyah Sevilla is aware of this but keeps her squad inspired despite the departure of some former teammates. “It happens every year naman, that’s why it isn’t a big deal anymore,” mentioned Sevilla.

LEADING THE PACK

Sevilla, the only graduating player for the Lady Shuttlers, will be taking on the captain duties for a team composed of rookies and sophomores. “I try to console and talk to them (rookies) now and help them prepare for the upcoming season,” she added.

The team also spent extra time together after training to improve their relationship. “Our team sessions helped us prepare ourselves mentally. It strengthened our bond as a team.” She continued, “We eat together after training, and go out and hang.”

As Sevilla consumes her last playing year, she believes that it is the best time for her to give the best version of herself. The pride of Santa Maria, Bulacan stated, “It is my last playing year, that’s why I intend to give my best shot in every game that I will play.”

She vows to support her teammates until the end of the season. ” We will do our very best and fight for the Green-and-White with pride and camaraderie.”

DEFINING EXPECTATIONS

Meanwhile, as the Lady Shuttlers are a day away from their UAAP Season 82 debut, Lopez believes that their offseason preparations were enough. However, he mentioned that the pairings were the most difficult adjustment. “Yun (pairings) yung pinaka-mahirap eh. Kahit hindi sila mag-usap tapos pag naglaro sila ay may connection.” Nonetheless, he stressed that for the meantime, the players should still enjoy the games.

Keeping in mind that there is always a room for improvement, the long-time head coach manages his expectations. “We will do our best. Ayaw naman namin na mabigyan ng pressure yung mga players, pero siyempre alam naman nila (kung) ano yung main goal ng team.”

The DLSU Lady Shuttlers will start their quest tomorrow, September 18, 1 PM as they go against the UST Golden Tigresses at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Green Shuttlers

(Photo by Jed Aquino) Poised to redeem themselves after coming off a lackluster finish in the preceding season, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers had a hot opening to start the UAAP Season 81. Their inspired campaign had all the indications of a podium finish, if not a championship. They started with a victory, before winning two of their next three.

However, what looked to be a promising season ended up in a heartbreak. Instead, the Taft-based squad absorbed a premature exit despite a strong showing from then graduating team captain Cayel Pajarillo. They lost to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles in the first step ladder match to finish the season at fourth.

DLSU Green Shuttlers in Season 81: finished the eliminations 4-2, lost to ADMU to finish 5th

With their campaign underway, the Green Shuttlers come into Season 82 with a renewed sense of focus as well as a new set of personnel.

LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY

Their disappointing finish despite a strong start reflected the Green Shuttlers’ inconsistency last season. None other than head coach Owen Lopez himself noted, “Sometimes ang nangyayari sa amin is malakas sa umpisa, biglang nawawalan ng dulo.” But, Lopez also added that the team worked on it during the offseason.

NEW FACES

Holdovers: Eljee Gavile, Bless Linaban, Andrew Pineda

Additions: Hanz Bernardo, Clark Golez, Jan-e Mangubat, Joshua Morada, Yugin Tan

Departures: Louie Kharial, Paolo Malabanan, Cayel Pajarillo

With the departure of some seniors including Pajarillo, the Green Shuttlers will now rely on some new faces to help lift the team this season. The Taft-based squad had two key additions in the offseason in former Blue Eagles Hanz Bernardo and Jan-e Mangubat. The latter will be taking the mantle as the team captain.

Despite not playing last season after serving a year of residency, Mangubat had been actively observing from the sidelines and taking notes of the team’s struggles. “From what I observed from the previous season, the team lacked consistency, relationship, and acceptance.” Mangubat, who will be bringing in to the team his rich UAAP experience, stressed the importance of the team believing in one another as well as having the confidence to stay consistent. He added, “We should have the composure and confidence for us to be consistent all throughout the season.”

Bernardo and Mangubat were part of the Ateneo team that eliminated the Green Shuttlers in the quarterfinals three years ago. The same Blue Eagles team went on to the Finals, but lost to National University.

EXPECTATIONS AND OUTLOOK

With Season 82 just around the corner, Lopez is hopeful that his squad will be more prepared and can finish with a better standing. He acknowledges the huge pressure on his players, but is confident that they will do their best and move towards the team’s goals. “Ayaw naman namin na mabigyan ng pressure yung mga players, pero siyempre alam naman nila (kung) ano yung main goal ng team,” the amiable tactician said.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will face the ADU Soaring Falcons tomorrow, September 18, 8 AM the Centro Athletico Badminton Court.

Green Shuttlers dominate Adamson; Lady Shuttlers bow to NU

It was another match day of contrasting results for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Shuttlers as they squared off against Adamson University (AdU) and National University (NU), respectively, on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

The Green Shuttlers prevailed against the Adamson men’s badminton, 4-1, while the Lady Shuttlers fell victim to season hosts National U, 1-4.

Green Shuttlers vs AdU

Indications of the Green Shuttlers winning began as early as the first game when La Salle’s Cayel Pajarillo went up against Kevin Fabros in the first singles. It wasn’t the easiest two sets for Pejarillo against the equally tough Fabros, but he was able to do enough to sweep the opposition, 21-19, 21-17.

Subsequently, the Shuttlers’ Andrew Pineda had his game written all over against Johnrick Macabenta. After a hard-fought first set in which Pineda victored, 21-17, he showed no mercy in the second set, 21-8, en route to another sweep for La Salle.

Shifting to the doubles game, it was the tandem of Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo’s turn to step on the floor against the Adamsonian duo of Johnrick Macabenta and Eben Concha. In identical set scores, the pairing of Linaban-Pajarillo worked their magic. In consecutive sets, they were able to finish strong with three straight attacks to claim it, 21-16, 21-16.

Entering the final doubles game, La Salle still went on a roll, as Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda took care of business against Kevin Fabros and Andrew Zema, 21-10, 21-14. By this time, La Salle still hadn’t dropped a single set.

Adamson, though, was able to spoil La Salle’s perfect run at the final match. Eben Concha fought for the Marcelino-based squads pride, winning against DLSU’s Louie Khairial in two sets, 21-18, 21-17. Even with that, though, it was a little too late for Adamson as La Salle won the match, 4-1.

Lady Shuttlers vs NU

Shifting over to the women’s badminton games in the afternoon, DLSU’s Nicole Albo opened the string of matches against NU’s Sarah Barredo. After an intense first few minutes of set one, Albo unfortunately lost grip of the frame, ultimately dropping the set, 10-21. Barredo was able to finish the match at the second set, as a 6-1 run towards the end had NU winning, 21-15.

In hopes of vengeance, La Salle’s Kanna Baba went up next to try to regain control of the total game against Jeya Pinlac. Baba gained La Salle’s first set that afternoon at a score of 21-17. Pinlac attempted to claw back with an intense outing in the second set, but Baba was just way too on her game, sweeping NU, 22-20.

Nicole Albo partnered with Iya Sevilla to try to give La Salle its first total game lead against Sarah Barredo and Thea Pomar in the first doubles game. The Barredo-Pomar duo, though, had other plans, sweeping the Shuttler’s efforts, 21-19, 21-19.

By the time the second doubles game came in, DLSU was on its last leg, as Kanna Baba and Victoria Sason were required to win this game in order for the Green and White to still have a shot at the total game. Unfortunately, the Sampaloc-based tandem of Pinlac-Capillo halted La Salle’s chances, 21-18, 21-8.

The final match between DLSU’s Iya Sevilla and NU’s Thea Pomar ended in naught once again for La Salle, with Pomar prevailing, 21-14, 23-22.

The DLSU Shuttlers look to finish strong in their respective campaigns as the badminton season goes down to one final match day. The Green Shuttlers will face the University of the Philippines (UP) in the morning, followed by a meeting between the Lady Shuttlers and the University of the East (UE) in the afternoon, both at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Lady Shuttlers dominate; Green Shuttlers misfire

It was a match day of contrasting results for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Shuttlers as they took the floor against the badminton bets of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST), respectively, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Center.

Green Shuttlers vs ADMU

The slate of badminton games began early in the morning with La Salle squaring off against Ateneo. Cayel Pajarillo was first to the floor for La Salle against Fides Bagasbas. Pajarillo absolutely dominated the first set, 21-10. Bagasbas, however, was left unfazed, as consecutive errors from Pajarillo in the end of a tightly contested set two cost La Salle, 18-21. Ateneo was eventually able to cap the comeback with a 21-9 domination in the clinching set. Fortunately for DLSU, they were able to bounce back in the second singles match between Andrew Pineda and Ateneo’s Carlo Remo. Albeit another heated match, Pineda was able to sweep his opponent, 21-14, 21-15.

Cayel Pajarillo and Bless Linaban took the floor for La Salle for the first doubles match, sharing the floor with Ateneo’s pairing of Chan and Bagasbas. The duo of Pajarillo and Linaban proved to be the better team as they were able to edge Ateneo in three sets. Despite trailing by 1-2 in the team scores, Ateneo was able to keep their composure in the second doubles, as another three-setter ended in naught this time for La Salle, with the Remo-Asuncion pairing proving to be lethal against DLSU’s Pineda-Malabanan.

DLSU’s fate came down to Louie Khairiral, as the third and final set saw him going up against Keoni Asuncion. Asuncion got the best of Khairiral, as the Atenean sniped the set, 21-8. Khairiral was determined to bounce back, but it was a little too late as Asuncion won the set 22-20, and eventually, the game for Ateneo.

Lady Shuttlers vs UST

The badminton matches went on in the afternoon, as the Lady Shuttler looked to redeem the incredibly close loss of the men’s team.

And redeem, they did. In domination fashion, no less.

Airah Ablo kicked off the Lady Shuttlers’ reign of terror that afternoon, as the star shuttler stepped up against UST’s Stephanie Mortera. The first set was La Salle badminton at its best, as Ablo absolutely crushed set one at 21-6. Ablo went on to sweep the opposition with a 21-12 second set en route to a 1-0 game lead for La Salle.

The doubles matches were no sweat for the Lady Shuttlers either, as they likewise swept their games. Spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Angelika Paz and Kanna Baba, they were able to edge UST’s Ann Pimentel and Mortera, 22-20, 21-14, 21-17.

Ultimately, it was all up to the final singles match of Kanna Baba to deliver the killing blow. Coming up against Daine Peña, Baba was able to exploit the defense on the way to another La Salle sweep, 21-9, 21-17.

DLSU’s Shuttlers are ready to get right back it on Thursday, October 4 as the Green and Lady Shuttlers face Adamson University and National University, respectively, at the same location.

Green Shuttlers smash Golden Shuttlers to start Season 81

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers started their UAAP Season 81 campaign on a high note after a convincing 4-1 win over the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers on Monday, September 24, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Composure was the mantra of the game for the Green Shuttlers as they rolled past every Golden Shuttler rally to notch their first win of the season.

Andrew Pineda opened the game making quick work of Lorenzo Del Rosario, winning the first set by a mile, 21-8. He then slowed down early in Set 2, trailing by as much as three, 8-11, entering the mandatory timeout. After the break however, he accelerated and blasted a huge 13-3 run to claim the set, 21-14, and the match, 2-0.

In the second singles, Louie Khairial played a seesaw game with UST’s John Paul Yabut as the two were closely tied early in their match. Khairial broke free midway through the opening frame to mount a comfortable 16-12 advantage, which Yabut could no longer overtake. Khairial took the set, 21-15. It was a different song in Set 2 as the Green Shuttler rode on his momentum, leaving the Golden Shuttler behind for most of the period. Khairial took an 18-12 cushion before suddenly seemingly running out of nitro. Yabut made him pay by stringing six unanswered points to eventually tie it at 19-all. The España-based shuttler, with all the fortunes and momentum quickly reversed in his favor, was ready to stage a comeback. But, the Taft-based shuttler kept his composure to salvage the set, 21-19, avoid a monumental collapse, and sweep Yabut’s hopes.

[WATCH Louie Khairial’s winning point in Set 2 of his match against John Paul Yabut.]

Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo represented the Green Shuttlers, who were already up 2-1 in matches, in the first doubles game. On the other hand, with their backs against the wall, UST relied on Kristian Barrios and Juan Miguel Santiago. The Golden Shuttlers couple immediately made their presence felt. They took an 11-5 lead going into the timeout. La Salle did not give up without a fight, even so, as the Taft duo threatened to snatch the set by cutting their erstwhile 9-15 deficit to only one, 19-20. Nonetheless, UST carried on to win Set 1, 21-19. In Set 2, it was a nip and tuck affair between the two tandems as each took turns with the lead, but only up to one point. At 18-all, Linaban and Pajarillo lost their track as Barrios and Santiago completed the sweep, 21-18, and extended the game.

In the second doubles, Paolo Malabanan and Pineda raced to a hot start to quickly drive their opponents away. They led by as much as eight, 16-8, and carried on to a 21-15 Set 1 win. UST’s Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez made adjustments in the second, tying the match at 13-all. La Salle built a three-point gap, 16-13, but UST answered with a 3-1 run to keep the ropes tied, 17-all. The Taft-based squad then made it a 20-19 set. Unfortunately, Malabanan and Pineda could not finish it as an attack from España paved way for an epic 24-22 finish, won nonetheless by La Salle.

[WATCH Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda’s winning point in Set 2 of their match against Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez.]

The Green Shuttlers have virtually already defeated the Golden Shuttlers, 3-1, entering the fifth match. Pajarillo played the last match against John Henrick Peralta. Just way powerful against his opponent, Pajarillo punished Peralta in the opening set, 21-11. Then, he sealed a 21-16 Set 2 win as his team formalized their victory over UST.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will next face University of the East on Thursday at the same venue.

UAAP Season 81 Preview: DLSU Green and Lady Shuttlers

Redemption and retention. That’s the goal for the Shuttlers of the Green and White as they enter the 81st season of the UAAP with high hopes.

For the DLSU Green Shuttlers, it’s a time to reclaim lost victory as they finished 5th  last year, while the DLSU Lady Shuttlers took home the crown, finishing at the top spot of the league and looking to repeat this time around.

Looking Back

Season 80’s “Go For Great” has been the battle cry for both the Green and Lady Shuttlers, but even though the teams ended their season campaigns differently, there are still some silver linings to take away. Despite the Green Shuttlers falling out of a podium finish, Team Captain Iyah Sevilla is nothing but proud of her Green and Lady Shuttler teammates.

“What I can say is that we didn’t easily give up last year.” Iyah Sevilla adds, “Our opponents fought us hard, but we fought back harder, and we really relied on each other.”

From finishing third place back in Season 79, the Lady Shuttlers gave a good fight and regain their redemption, entering the finals and winning the championship last season.  Veteran Shuttler Iyah Sevilla was grateful for her teammates. “It was really a collaborative effort that brought the crown back to Taft.”

Pre-Season Preparations

The preseason was a preparation for adjustment and conditioning for the Taft-based Shuttlers after their seniors had played out their eligibility, rookies coming in and of course, defending the crown.

The Green and White prepared themselves not only physically but also mentally. “We did team sessions and I think it helped us to prepare our minds and hearts to perform this season,” Sevilla said.

Entering a new season, Sevilla also shared some challenges they had been encountered while preparing for a team that’s relatively younger than most. “I think we had difficulties when it comes to adjusting the partnerships because almost all of us, especially the rookies, are new”, Sevilla said.

Asking her about what she thinks they might encounter throughout Season 81, “Throughout the season naman, I still can’t say kasi it still hasn’t happened yet.” She adds, “but I have faith in my team na we can overcome whatever struggle this season has for us.”

Preseason was a time for sacrifices, but  team captain Sevilla is thankful for the progression it has brought to the teams. She ended it by saying, “I’m proud that everyone in the team worked and sacrificed a lot in preparation for the tournament.”

What to Expect

This UAAP Season 81, the Green Shuttlers are looking forward to improving their last season finish while the Lady Shuttlers are looking to defend their title and aim for a back-to-back championship. Sevilla said that they are not expecting anything yet. She adds, “We all are aware of how tough it’s going to be. But as I was saying, I believe in each and everyone in our team na ibibigay nila yun best nila to win the game.”

Catch the Green Shuttlers as they open their season 81 campaign against the UST Growling Tigers on September 24, Monday and the Lady Shuttlers in their first game of the tournament against ADMU Lady Eagles on September 27, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex – Badminton Courts.

Make sure to go out and support our very own Shuttlers! Animo!

Third Time’s the Charm: Lady Shuttlers oust Lady Eagles; advance to Finals


Photo by: Tim Nolasco

The DLSU Lady Shuttlers finally knocked out their Ateneo counterparts in five thrilling matches, 3-2, in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Badminton Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts, Saturday.

After bowing out for two straight years even with the twice-to-beat advantage against the Lady Eagles, La Salle changed the outcome this season and broke the ADMU curse.

It was a rough start as Sevilla lost two quick sets, 12-21 and 10-2, to the then-undefeated Bianca Carlos. But as they say – START STRONG, FINISH STRONGER.

Arianne Rivera bounced back and got the first win for the Taft squad as she dispatched Ateneo’s captain, Cassie Lim in three frames, 21-14, 19-21, and 21-16.

The first doubles was a tussle between the pair of Isay Leonardo and the comebacking Nicole Albo against Geva de Vera and Trixie Malibiran. They quickly finished the match to put La Salle one win away from clinching a spot in the finals, 21-13, 21-16.

The pressure-packed second doubles was a tough match for La Salle as the duo of Sevilla and Tercias bowed to their Atenean counterparts, 9-21, 21-18, and 21-12.

With the score knotted at 2-all, the comebacking Nicole Albo made quick work of Atenean senior Trixie Malibiran to book a seat for La Salle in the finals, 21-12, 21-13.

It was the first time in three years that La Salle was able to find the solution to the Lady Eagle’s dominance over them in the final four phase of the tournament. Coach Owen was pleased that finally, his team was able to get over the final four nightmare that was Ateneo. He added that it was a coincidence that during the previous seasons, they were defeated on his birthday. But this year, the lost fell on Ateneo coach Kennie Asuncion’s birthday.

“Masaya. Masayang-masaya. Siyempre iba yung Rivalry ng La Salle at Ateneo. Sabi ko nga na dapat matibay ang singles namin”, Coach Lopez said, “Sabi ko sa kanila, matibay ang Ateneo, dapat mas matibay tayo”.

Catch the Lady Shuttlers battle against the UP Lady Maroons in the Finals tomorrow, 1PM, still at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts.

Green Shuttlers flatten Red Warriors

The De La Salle University Green Shuttlers swept the UE Red Warriors, 5-0, at the Rizal Badminton Hall, Saturday.

Jerick Obaob kicked off match day for the Taft-based squad, losing the first game to Arman Mananlangit, 17-21. Obaob snatched the next game, going on a 7-2 run towards the end to force a third game, 21-14. The two battled it out in the third game seeing seven lead changes, but the Green Shuttler was able to hold his ground, taking the match, 21-17.

In the second match, Glenn Camillo dominated Benjamin Silva of the Red Warriors, 21-11, 21-14.
The first doubles match of the day saw Obaob and Cayel Pajarillo contra Arsen Donesa and Andrew Barreto. The duo of Obaob and Pajarillo reigned supreme finishing the match in two games, 21-12, 21-11.
It was Prince Monterubio and Michael Saragena for DLSU versus Clarence Camacho and Kenneth Cruz for UE in the second doubles match. Monterubio and Saragena listed another win for the day in straight games, 21-12, 21-13.
Pajarillo successfully finished the sweep as he quickly discarded Angelo David. The Green Shuttler finished the first game, 21-16 and then ended the match day by holding David to only a single digit, 21-9.

Green Shuttlers fall to Ateneo

The De La Salle University Green Shuttlers bowed down to Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 1-4, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Jerick Obaob started off the match day strong, taking the first game of the match against Enrico Asuncion of the Blue Shuttlers, 21-19. Obaob failed to sustain his momentum, dropping the next two games, 14-21 and 12-21 respectively.

In the second match, Glenn Camillo faced Carlo Remo from the Blue side. Camillo got dropped in two games, 19-21, 17-21.

The first doubles match was redemption time for the Green Shuttlers. Obaob partnered up with Cayel Pajarillo. The duo swept Ateneo’s Clarence Filart and Patrick Gecosala in a closely contested match, 21-18, 22-20.

Prince Monterubio and Andrew Pineda was unable to keep the wins coming as the two were engulfed by the pairing of Asuncion and Remo, 15-21, 18-21.

Pajarillo went up against Filart for the last match of the day. The Green Shuttler fought tooth and nail to earn the first game of the match, 26-24. Fatigue got the better of him after yielding the last two sets of the day to the Blue Shuttler, 13-21, 18-21.