Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by DLSU Sports
Green Shuttlers fall to indomitable Bulldogs in Finals opener
The Green Shuttlers succumbed to the National University Bulldogs, 0-3, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall in Game One of the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Badminton Finals. Armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage, NU showcased their dominance as the top team in the league after sweeping the matches at the expense of a challenging La Salle squad.
Kenneth Monterubio began the day with a loss to Joper Escueta in the first singles’ duel, 16-21 and 12-21 as the Green Shuttler found it difficult to match up with Escueta’s offensive prowess.
Gerald Sibayan met a similar fate at the hands of Peter Magnaye in the second match of the singles series as the latter swept his Taft-based counterpart in dominant fashion, 12-21 and 16-21. Sibayan tried to crawl his way back into the game in the second set but committed an error that quelled his efforts to make a comeback.
With the Green Shuttlers down at 0-2 in the singles’ matches, Sibayan rejoined Anton Cayanan to engage Magnaye and Escueta in the doubles’ series with the hopes of mounting a comeback. Their efforts were daunting but the Bulldogs prevailed as the stellar duo from Sampaloc was relentless offensively while capitalizing on Sibayan and Cayanan’s errors to eventually win the series, 14-21 and 14-21. A service miscue by Cayanan sealed the deal for NU in the deciding set of the game.
“NU is a powerhouse team. Sinabi ko sa team ko yung maabot tayo sa finals is an achievement na sa amin. I hope na mag-enjoy lang sila sa game. No pressure kahit maari kasi I know naman ano mangyari gagawin ng part nila. Sabi ko sa kanila sa susunod ng game I hope mas prepared kami. At the same time, mag-enjoy lang sila sa dating ng game kasi masyado sila ma-pressure,” Green Shuttlers head coach Owen Lopez commented on his team’s performance.
With their backs against the wall, the Green Shuttlers will look to bounce back in Game Two on September 7 back at the Rizal Memorial Stadium to keep their bid for the UAAP badminton title alive.