Lady Tennisters end breakthrough season at second with loss to NU

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Playing with their backs against the wall, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters absorbed another loss from the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 1-3, in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Lawn Tennis Finals to finish their campaign with a silver on Tuesday, April 9, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Preceded by series-opening loss that lasted for almost 12 hours last Sunday, the must-win game for the Lady Tennisters went only for a few hours this time around. Unlike Game 1, both teams needed only four matches to determine a winner, however.

The first singles and the first doubles matches commenced at the same time, with the former finishing earlier than the latter.

Angel Santiago dominated Lady Bulldog Zam Dumalo in the first singles match, 6-3, 6-1, as La Salle made a headway, 1-0.

In the first doubles match, the usual tandem of captain-rookie tandem of Jed Aquino and Arianne Nillasca faced NU’s Allysa Bornia and Alliah Ragunton. However, the Taft-based duo’s experience was overshadowed by the Jhocson-based pair’s thirst to win as they made quick work of the former, 3-6, 4-6.

The spotlight then shifted to Aubrey Calma as she battled eventual Finals MVP Clarice Patrimonio. Calma yielded the pivotal second singles match to the daughter of former NCAA star Alvin Patrimonio, 1-6, 3-6, giving NU a crucial 2-1 favor.

Kiezl Diaz and Jenni Dizon played in a must-win second singles match against Lady Bulldogs Jzash Canja and Annie Tumanda. However, the Lady Tennisters continued to succumb, bowing out in two sets, 2-6, 2-6 and effectively surrendering the crown to National University.

Despite the tough loss, the DLSU Lady Tennisters played an improved season granting a team composed of a majority of rookies and a few seniors to lead. The girls topped the eliminations round with a 6-2 standing and improved to first runners-up after finishing at second runners-up last season.

Way to go, Lady Tennisters! Animo!

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

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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, Lady Tennisters bow to NU to end elimination round

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Tennisters both succumbed to the National University (NU) Lawn Tennis team on Sunday, March 31, to end the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs. NU

The already eliminated Green Tennisters dropped their last assignment of the season. They picked up losses in each of the five matches against the top-seeded Bulldogs.

Betto Orendain played the first singles match against Wilson Oblea. However, the La Salle team captain fell short in two sets, 4-6, 4-6.

Gelo Cerezo and Jose Miguel Gran also dropped the first doubles match against in straight sets. They lost, 2-6, in the opening set, before Jeric Accion and Justine Prulla blanked them in the second, 6-0.

In the second singles match, Al Andrade bowed to Jeremiah Latorre, 2-6, 4-6.

The duo of Mark Crisosto and Raprap Teng also suffered a 1-6, 2-6 loss against the Bulldogs pair of Rucel Cero and Abson Alejandre.

Jonah Cano had a thrilling start against Allen Manlangit, but fell short, 5-7, in the third singles. Manlangit took the second set, 6-2.

The Green Tennisters capped their campaign with a record of 2-10. After coming up with the bronze last season, they finished this season sixth place among seven participating schools, only ahead of the winless Adamson Soaring Falcons.

Nonetheless, the Men’s team played their hearts out this season so heads up, boys! Animo Green Tennisters!

Lady Tennisters vs. NU

Though they are already bound to the Finals, the Lady Tennisters likewise could not pick up a win in each of their matches against the Lady Bulldogs.

Jenni Dizon spearheaded the first singles match against Annie Tumanda. The veteran Lady Tennister notched the first set for the Green and White, 6-4. However, Tumanda forced a deciding set after pulling a 6-2 victory in the second. Dizon could not hang on as she dropped a closed deciding set, 5-7.

Jed Aquino paired up with Arianne Nillasca in the first doubles match. They faced Mai Bornia and Alliah Ragunton, who took the first set, 6-1. Aquino and Nillasca could not force a decider as they lost a tight second, 5-7.

In the second singles match, NU’s Clarise Patrimonio made quick work of Akiko De Guzman, 6-3, 6-1.

Angel Santiago and Kiezl Diaz teamed up for the second doubles match. They took a 1-6 blow against Lady Bulldogs Zan Dumlao and Cza Antalan before losing the second set that went the distance, 5-7.

Aubrey Calma also went downhill in the third singles as Jzash Canja pulled off a 6-1, 7-5 victory against the Lady Tennister.

With their victory, the Lady Bulldogs (5-3) set up a playoff match against the Ateneo Lady Eagles, who have a similar win-loss record. The winner will face the DLSU Lady Tennisters in a best-of-three championship series starting on Sunday, April 7, 8 AM at the same venue.

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.

Lady Tennisters stretch winning streak to four to start Round 2

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
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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
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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.

Green Tennisters woes continue versus UST to end Round 1

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters succumbed to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 1-4, on Saturday, March 9, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

In the five-match game against the España-based squad, only team captain Betto Orendain was able to notch a victory over his opponent.

Al Andrade opened the first singles for the Taft-based squad. A thrilling three-setter played for almost two hours did not keep Andrade from smashing, until he ultimately fell short, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6.

Inspired by Tennis icon Rafael Nadal, Raprap Teng and Jose Miguel Gran, also known as the Green Tennisters’ “Bandana Boys,” teamed up in the first doubles match. However, they also dropped a tough 6-7, 1-6 loss.

In the second singles, Jonah Cano made it only halfway through both sets with a 3-6, 3-6 result.

Orendain, who gave the Green Tennisters their lone win for the day, fired a quick 6-2, 6-3 victory against UST in the last singles match.

The duo of Rey Mayo and Gelo Cerezo got ousted, 2-6, 2-6, in the second doubles match to end the game.

With a win-loss record of 1-5, the DLSU Green Tennisters remained at the sixth place. They look to redeem themselves as they enter the second round of the eliminations. Keep going, Green Tennisters!

Lady Tennisters end Round 1 at the top after defeating UST

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Tennisters punched the top seed after the first round of eliminations after nailing a sweet 4-1 victory against the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses on Saturday, March 9, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Angel Santiago played the first singles match for La Salle as she yielded to a 4-6, 4-6 upset by her Golden Tigress counterpart.

However, team captain Jed Aquino paired up with Arianne Nillasca in the first doubles match of the game to put the Taft-based squad on the scoring board after three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

The Green and White rode their momentum as Lady Tennister Akiko De Guzman smashed out her opponent straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. The second singles victory gave La Salle a 2-1 lead over UST.

Jenni Dizon and Kiezl Diaz showed top performance as they finished the second doubles match with another straight-setter, 6-3, 6-2, to seal the deal for the Lady Tennisters.

In the final singles match, Aubrey Calma put up a sweep in the first set to cap the game, 6-0, 6-3.

The DLSU Lady Tennisters finished the first round of eliminations with a 3-1 win-loss record. They enter the second round with a bye advantage. Keep the Animo burning, Lady Tennisters!

Green Tennisters split assignments versus Adamson, Ateneo

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters finally barged into the win column after defeating Adamson University (AdU). But, they were denied of a streak by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament.

Green Tennisters VS. ADU

The erstwhile winless Green Tennisters showed heart for the school’s spirit as they clinched their first victory of the season against their fellow cellar-dwellers Soaring Falcons on Saturday, March 2, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Proving they can be dominant, Al Andrade led the first singles win over Ken Dela Cruz, 6-0, 6-1. Jona Cano and Jose Miguel Gran followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Adamson’s Chad Galindo and Brandon Albito. Yet again, team captain Betto Orendain claimed another seemingly perfect match in the second singles after defeating Jefrey Burgos, 6-0, 6-1. La Salle succeeded in the second doubles with the efforts of Raprap Teng and King Golfo. The duo beat Jezzi Chiong and Samuel Nillasca, 6-1, 7-6. In the last singles, Adamson’s Jemar Sanchez took over Gelo Cerezo in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 5-7. Nonetheless, the Green Tennisters were already certain to prevail.

Green Tennisters VS. ADMU

Aiming for a victorious weekend, the Green Tennisters instead fell short against the second-seeded Blue Eagles, 2-3, on Sunday at the same venue.

The first singles match was snatched by Marcen Gonzales, who defeated Andrade, 7-5, 6-3. Then, Teng and Golfo succumbed to Bong Gonzales and Julian Dayrit, 2-6, 4-6. In the second singles match, Cano notched a victory against Gab Tiamson in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 2-0. However, Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula of Ateneo sealed the victory for their school after winning the doubles match against Rey Mayo and Cerezo, 6-1, 6-1. Orendain gained a match in the third singles against Iyo Canlas, 6-2, 6-3, wrapping the game up.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (1-4), who sit at sixth place, look to rank up as they face fourth-seeded UST in their final game of the first round on Saturday, March 9, 8 AM, at the same venue.