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.

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.

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.

UAAP Season 80: The DLSU Green and Lady Shuttlers are Going for Great

The DLSU Green and Lady Shuttlers finished 4th and 3rd, respectively in the 79th Season of the UAAP.

Looking Back

The Green Shuttlers slid to 4th in the 79th season. This was a huge disappointment considering that they were runners-up during the 78th season of the annual collegiate competition.

Season 79 can be seen as the land of opportunities. Despite the Green Shuttlers falling out of a podium finish, and the Lady Shuttlers getting the bronze, coach Owen Lopez prefers to dwell on the positives.

“Actually yung season 79 namin, yung result is maganda naman. Kaya lang siyempre may mga instances na nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon kaya lang hindi namin na-grab yung opportunity.” Coach Owen adds, “Maybe yung consistency lang. Siyempre we know naman all teams now na all UAAP teams ay talagang competitive.”

The Lady Shuttlers have been stuck in third place for the past two seasons, bowing to the Ateneo Lady Shuttlers in the semi finals despite finishing higher than their rivals in the elimination round. Despite the setback, the Lady Shuttlers are looking to bounce back and enter the finals this season.

Coach Owen is positive about the returnees and holdovers of the team. “Last year, hindi nakalaro si Nicole(Albo). I hope ngayon makapag-contribute yon. Hindi lang si Nicole, but yung mga graduating players ko, sana maka-contribute sila sa team,” coach Owen ended. Veteran shuttler Iyah Sevilla adds, “No team has a guaranteed seat in the finals. The games will be very tough. I’m certain with one thing, the Lady Shuttlers will give them one hell of a fight and do our best to regain redemption in this year’s UAAP Season 80.”

Pre-season Preparations

The preseason was a period of adjustments and sacrifices for the Taft-based shuttlers. The team had 5am practices. Also last year’s seniors had played out their eligibility, leaving the team with high hopes that the crown will be brought back to Taft.

Coach Owen targets the final four as in his words, “First of all, syempre target muna namin is makapasok sa top 4 kasi syempre every year, yun yung gusto namin mangyari.” He also wants the team to take this season one team tie at a time. “Sinabi ko sa team ko na target namin is top four, pero tsaka na lang namin iisipin yun sa susunod na mga games namin.”

International Experience

Alyssa Leonardo is a senior playing in her fifth year and has been a mainstay for the Philippine National Badminton Team. Recently she was able to gain valuable international experience in the SEA Games. She hopes that this experience can boost the team’s chances of landing in the top four and ultimately bring the crown back to Taft.

In Leonardo’s own words, “Given the chance, I would like to share to my fellow team mates that confidence is the key. When one is confident and focused, you will overcome the pressure. I have won and lost so many times. I was a stonethrow away from the bronze medal at the SEA games and I made it possible because I was confident that I can make it and will make it one day.” Coach Owen Lopez was supportive in saying that the team became more confident with Leonardo’s presence. He hopes that this experience will serve as motivation for Leonardo and the team.

What to Expect

This season, the Taft-based shuttlers are looking forward to improve on last year’s performance. Coach Owen said that despite his lineup being not as deep as some of their competitors, he has high expectations for the team. He also adds, “Sa team ko naman, kahit sino pwede maging x-factor so sana every game may mag step up.”

Catch the Green Shuttlers as they open their season against the UST Growling Tigers at 8am. The Lady Shuttlers will also open their season at 1pm against the AdU Soaring Falcons. The games will be held at September 21 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts.

Lady Shuttlers Goes to Do or Die Saturday

 

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The Lady Shuttlers, holding a twice to beat advantage, faced the Ateneo Lady Eagles earlier in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP badminton tournament on October 5 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

 

FIRST SINGLES: Arianne Rivera vs Trixie Malibiran

 

    The match-up opened with short rallies resulting to easy points for both shuttlers. As the points were easy for Malibiran, her errors kept Rivera in the game. They entered the interval at 11-10 with the Taft-based shuttlers ahead. The point exchanges remained quick say for a few long and exciting rallies. The game ended 21-19 in favor of the Taft squad.

 

    The second set was just as close as the first. This time, it was not great hits which scored the points for both squads, instead it was the errors. Both players seemed to lose their grip on the game. They had a difficult time scoring smashes and drop shots. The interval showed a scoreline of 9-11, in favor of the Katipunan-based shuttlers. Constant errors committed by both shuttlers kept the game close. Timely hits by Malibiran gave her the advantage entering the final moments. She edged out Rivera to claim the second set, 21-19.

 

    The third set saw a close game between both shuttlers until the interval. After the break, the Lady Eagle started to pull away, leading by as much as 7, 17-10. More errors by Rivera allowed her opponent to close out the game, 21-11.

 

SECOND SINGLES: Isay Leonardo vs Bianca Carlos

 

    The initial sequences were close as both shuttlers took advantage of the opportunities presented to them. This resulted to their scores going neck to neck. Upon seeing the chance, Carlos took the opportunity to pull away. The interval scores posted 7-11, with Carlos ahead. The game continued but Leonardo failed to overcome the variety of shots her opponents manufactured. This opened up the game giving them the win, 14-21.

 

    Pressure started to creep in as it was difficult to come out of a 0-2 hole against a good team. As Carlos continued her scoring onslaught, so did Leonardo’s struggles. Leonardo’s game then faltered as the Katipunan-based shuttler took advantage, finishing the game with a score of 10-21.

 

FIRST DOUBLES: Kristelle Salatan/Aires Montilla vs Bianca Carlos/Chanelle Lunod

 

    With her team needing a win, team captain Kristelle Salatan tried her best to get as much momentum going her team’s way. However, the Katipunan-based shuttlers were determined to force the series into a do-or-die game, keeping the game close at 11-10, with DLSU leading. The Taft-based duo tried to pull away by making some small runs, but Lunod would not allow this as she made a personal scoring run and kept the scores extremely close. The first game was ended by Montilla, 21-19.

 

    The duo from Ateneo were determined to shoot the lights on DLSU as they built an insurmountable lead into the interval, 11-2. Montilla and Salatan tried their best to come back and force a fourth match, but Carlos and Lunod had a response to each of their rallies, finishing the second game with the score of 18-21.

 

    Both teams had furious rallies, for DLSU it is to extend the game and for Ateneo to survive and negate the twice to beat advantage of DLSU. However, the pressure was just too much as the Atenean duo pulled away, winning the match, 19-21.

 

The lady shuttlers will once again see action on Saturday, October 8, at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. It will be the do-or-die game against the ADMU Lady Eagles.

 

Lady Shuttlers pounce on struggling Falcons

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers are off to the step-ladder semifinals after defeating the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, this Saturday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

First Singles: Monica Rivera vs Alyssa San Pedro

The start of the first set was very tight with both players exchanging points repeatedly. Rivera’s aggressive style of play put her in the lead at the interval of the first set, 11-7. Coming out of the break, we could see the fire in Rivera’s eyes as she shut out her opponent the rest of the way. The set ended in favor of DLSU, 21-7.

The second set was the total opposite of previous set as Rivera showed her mastery against San Pedro, entering the interval with a 9-point lead, 11-2. After a few scoring exchanges, Rivera went on a scoring onslaught which gave her the set, 21-8.

Second Singles: Iyah Sevilla vs Mika Aquino

Sevilla came out of the gates forcefully, scoring the first 3 points of the match. However, Aquino bounced back as she exchanged blows with Sevilla to come to a close 4 points at the interval, 11-7. Sevilla did not let this lead slip away, coming out of the interval with a massive 10-2 run to end the set at 21-9.

The start of the second set was close, with the game being tied on several occasions. Coming off the 7-7 deadlock, Sevilla went full throttle which made it extremely difficult for her opponent to score. The set ended again in favor of the shuttler from DLSU, 21-11.

First Doubles: Aires Montilla and Kristelle Salatan vs Christine Garin and Ma. Margarita Villacorta

The Salatan and Montilla tandem proved their greatness once again after scoring 5 quick points in the start of the match. The Adamsonian duo would keep it close by firing three straight points to put the score at 5-3. Both teams exchanged points, but DLSU eventually got the upper hand and started to pull away. The interval scores are at 11-5. Finally, The Lasallian duo did not let their opponents come any closer, finishing the set with a score of 21-9.

The second set was almost the same, as the DLSU tandem crushed their opponents’ hopes of a comeback. They pushed the lead to 7 at the interval, 11-4. With the momentum on their side, Salatan and Montilla crushed their opponents with a wide array of long balls and drop shots. They ended the set with a score of 21-8.

Second Doubles: Iyah Sevilla and Isay Leonardo vs Mika Aquino and Clydel Pada

Leonardo started the scoring for DLSU with two quick points. After allowing their opponents to get one back, this time it was Sevilla who fired off 8 straight to bury their opponents early in the match. They allowed the Kalaw-based squad to score 2 more points before entering the interval with an 11-3 lead. Leonardo and Sevilla continued their dominance after the break, dominating their opponents to submission and ending the set, 21-6.

The start of the second game was a tight battle between both teams as the duo from La Salle entered the interval with only a slim 11-10 margin. However, they quickly finished the set with a final score of 21-15.

Third Singles: Celina Javier vs Clydel Pada

First game jitters were evident in Javier during her match against Pada. Her inexperience played a huge factor as Pada capitalized on every opportunity presented. She immediately went on mini-runs every time Javier managed to get a point back. Frustrated Javier tried to come close the scorching hot Pada, but to no avail, which led to the victory of AdU, 21-10.

The second set saw more life from Javier, as she tried to keep it close. A lighting failure caused the game to be stopped for almost 10 minutes with the shuttler from Adamson University up only by 4, 10-6. After the break, Pada scored immediately to send the game into the interval, with her leading, 6-11. After the break, Javier clearly, lost her momentum and relinquished the set, 21-10.

The Lady Shuttlers will see action on Wednesday, October 1 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall against the winner between Ateneo de Manila University and National University.

DLSU Shuttlers send UE Warriors crashing down!

 

The De La Salle University Green and Lady Shuttlers edge the University of the East Warriors in domineering fashion in the UAAP 79 Badminton tournament, September 28 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Court.

Green Shuttlers bouncing back

Coming from their bitter loss against rivals Ateneo last Sunday, the Green Shuttlers showed their might after pouncing on the hapless UE Red Warriors, 4-1.

Green Shuttler Andrew Pineda started off the match against Red Warrior Arman Manlalangit. The first set saw a heated exchange of attacks and errors between the two but Pineda emerged from the get-go to claim the first game for DLSU, 21-18, 21-17.

Straying away from their usual lineup, head coach Owen Lopez and the rest of the Green Shuttlers let Cayel Pajarillo banner the team against UE’s Benjamin Silva. Both players exchanged runs but Pajarillo proved to be the more offensive shuttler among the two to seal the deal for the Green Shuttlers with both sets finishing in 21-17 each.

In the first doubles match, Kenneth and Bee Monterubrio faced the Red Warrior tandem of AJ David and Clarence Camacho. The MonteruBros led the first set 18-14 until UE pulled off an impressive 4-0 run to tie the set, 18-all. After an attack from the younger Monterubio, two points from David let UE to set point but the elder Monterubio shook off the set scare and fired three markers to get the first set, 22-20. Meanwhile the second set saw a feistier MonteruBros who ended the game, 21-14.

At this point on, the Green Shuttlers have already claimed the matchup against UE, 3-0, but the duo of Anton Cayanan and Jerick Obaob showed no mercy when they took on Red Warriors Manlalangit and Kenneth Cruz, 21-14, 21-10.

In his UAAP 79 debut, Michael Saragena succumbed to the older AJ David in the last singles match of the game. Both players were in heated runs until the end with five deuces until David took the first set, 24-26. Saragena’s jitters got the best of him in the second set with David taking advantage and eventually taking the game for UE, 15-21

Lady Shuttlers standing strong

The Lady Shuttlers extended their winning streak at the expense of the winless Lady Warriors as the Green and White team clobbered the Recto-based squad in a sweep, 5-0.

Sophomore Iyah Sevilla paraded first for the Lady Shuttlers as she dominated against UE’s Heide Rosal in straight sets, 21-11, 21-8.

Arianne Rivera displayed her veteran prowess in her matchup against Lady Warrior Lyra Rosal. Most of the Recto-based Shuttler’s points came off of Rivera’s unforced errors for the latter to set up a commanding straight-set win, 21-8, 21-10.

Meanwhile, the national team tandem of Kristelle Salatan and Aires Montilla made quick work of Eryka Labay and Pamela Hernandez. The Recto duo could not stop the quick plays of Montilla and the power hits of Salatan for DLSU to get to triumph over them, 21-11, 21-7.

Sevilla paired up once again with veteran Isay Leonardo as they faced UE’s Rosal sisters. Although the Sevilla-Leonardo tandem spewed a few erratic plays in the first set, they eventually got their momentum to gain the first set advantage, 21-15. The Taft duo entered the second set with more determination, which spelled a big difference as they took charge and left UE blank, 21-12.

In the last singles match of the game, a familiar face bannered the Lady Shuttlers as Camille Gotohio took on Lady Warrior Labay. Although Gotohio led in the earlier frames of the first set, her UAAP 79 debut pressure got to her nerves, as Labay was able to emerge and eventually took the set from Gotohio, 22-20. The Taft mainstay was able to bounce back in the next few sets with Gotohio taking advantage of the fatigue-ridden Labay, 21-12, 21-11.

With both teams adding to their win columns, coach Lopez could not help but feel happy for what his team has done so far. “Alam ko namang gingagawa nila yung best nila para manalo yung team. I hope magtuloy-tuloy pa,” said Lopez.

Next up for the Green and Lady Shuttlers are the Adamson Soaring Falcons this October 1, Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Court. The Green Shuttlers start their matches at 8AM while the Lady Shuttlers suit up at 1PM.