DLSU Lady Shuttlers slide to 3rd after losing to rivals
Published on October 11th, 2015 | by Michiko Alejandro
The DLSU Lady Shuttlers finish 3rd place in this season’s badminton tournament. Coming off from yesterday’s defeat, the DLSU Lady Shuttlers failed to dispatch the momentum of the Ateneo De Manila in the second round match up in semifinal’s of UAAP 78 Women’s Badminton earlier today, 1-3. The games were held at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
Starting the first game in the singles division, Arianne Rivera of DLSU managed to trample Cassie Lim of Ateneo. Lim scored the first rally by a net error. In the middle of the first set, the Lady Shuttler had the advantage. 10-9 since the opponent missed the short service of Rivera. An excellent pending trick gave the DLSU a 3-point lead, and then finished the rally with 21-18. Continuing the spirit to the 2nd set, Rivera started with a 2-point lead against Lim. Ateneo’s spirit is prevalent as they catch up to a 5-5 score tie in the tally. However, with sequential outside error by Rivera, the opponent was not able to take the lead against DLSU. 11-14 is the score, the Ateneo rival was seen to lose her power after she missed the front drop shot, Rivera then capped off the first win, 21-11.
The first victory was then followed by another singles division game, between DLSU’s Iyah Sevilla and ADMU’s Bianca Carlos. The hapless Lady Shuttler was not able to take any chance of lead against the veteran Bianca Carlos in the entire first set, finished by a 9-point lead, 21-12. The rookie player of DLSU, Sevilla tried to revive her play during the second set. She tried to counter Carlos’ strength by a missed front drop shot, 6-6 both score in the tally. Resurgent counter attack of 4 points by the opponent gave the opponent an advantage. Despite of Sevilla’s lapse to escape, she tried to give an excellent battle in a continuous great rally with Carlos, 13-16, then ending the end of the singles division with 15-21.
The dynamic tandem of DLSU, Team Captain Kristelle Salatan and Aires Montilla, matched the beast Geva De Vera and Janel Dihiansan tandem. The two opposing universities scored alternately during the first rallies. After the half, the Ateneo duo lost their momentum, 17-12, giving the Lady Shuttlers a boost to finish strong, 20-13. A 3-point lead in favor of DLSU marked the first rally of the second set, closing a tie with a net error by Salatan. The Atenean combo slowly dispatched the DLSU’s deadly duo after the interval, owning the second set with a missed lob shot, 18-21. During the do-or-die 3rd set, the Lady Shuttlers dominated the paint, not until the 14-17, Ateneo turned the table which they had seven points of strong sequential counter attacks, sealing the last match in favor of the opponent, 17-21.
Trying to show resilience, DLSU Lady Shuttlers Isay Leonardo and Nicole Albo defeated Bianca Carlos and Cassandra Lim in the first set, 21-13. The DLSU duo trounced a 4-point head start in the second set, and then followed by a resurgent comeback, 9-13, in favor of Ateneo after the interval. The Taft-based duo showed resilience as they strike a 3 points in order closing the fight, but their best was not enough to dispatch their duo counterpart, 19-21.
The season may not be in favor of De La Salle University, but Coach Owen strongly commended his team for putting up an excellent match against the Ateneo University. Collaborating with all the members, the lineup for today’s game was well planned by the coaches. He also mentioned the heart of the rookie players will eventually outlast until the next season. With their superb rookies, the future continues to be bright for the DLSU Lady Shuttlers.