Published on October 17th, 2015 | by Khyte Mendoza


Green Shuttlers finish second, bow to Bulldogs


De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers fell short against powerhouse National University (NU) Bulldogs, 1-3. The Taft-based squad failed to extend the series but were able to rank second for two straight years in the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Badminton at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Badminton Hall, earlier today.

Second doubles: Joshua and Kenneth Monterubio vs Paul Gonzales and Roslee Pedrosa

Brothers Kenneth and Joshua Monterubio suffered a three-set defeat at the hands of NU’s Paul Gonzales and Roslee Pedrosa with the scores of 21-18, 15-21, and 20-22 in the second doubles match that was played for 50 minutes.

The Monterubios opened the first set right as they led, 11-5, and never looked back to hook the set, 21-18. The duo from National U countered on the next set, capitalizing on La Salle’s errors. Pedrosa sealed the win in the second set forging the title-decider. Momentum shifted onto the pair from Sampaloc but that did not get into the way of the guys in Green. Gonzales committed an error that gave DLSU a 16-15 lead However, the Bulldogs displayed in-game composure with Gonzales sending it over the net to clinch the championship repeat.

First doubles: Anton Cayanan and Gerald Sibayan vs Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada

In the first doubles match, same scenario happened to Gerald Sibayan and team captain Anton Cayanan wherein they won the first set but were not able to close the game out. The Green and White stole the first set thriller, 22-20. NU retaliated in the next two sets limiting La Salle to just nine and 19 points in the second and third set respectively. The match went on for 50 minutes.

Second singles: Kenneth Monterubio vs Keeyan Gabuelo

Gabuelo started off the first set strong with a 6-2 edge over Monterubio. The Green Shuttler answered back to inch in closer, trimming the deficit to just a point, 10-11. Monterubio then picked up the pieces to post a ,21-18, first set win.

In the second set, Gabuelo made sure that he was not going to raise the white flag as he outlasted Monterubio with the score of 22-20.

Monterubio sent his NU counterpart crashing back to earth in the last set, pounding Gabuelo on errors to snatch the third set, 21-19. The crowd witnessed the seesaw battle in 55 minutes of play.

First singles: Anton Cayanan vs Roslee Pedrosa

Cayanan succumbed to Pedrosa in straight sets, 11-21 and 18-21, which gave National U the first blood in the team tie.

The shuttler from Taft did not see a glimpse of light at the of the tunnel in the first set as Pedrosa shut him down early, 3-10, and eventually went on to win the first set.

Pedrosa kept Cayanan at bay in the second set, 11-17, but the Green shirt rallied back to cut the lead to a precarious point, 18-19. The run from Cayanan was not enough to force a third set as the NU shuttler  took the match that lasted for only 30 minutes.

Head Coach Owen Lopez was proud of his crew despite the loss, praising the efforts of the Green Shuttlers all season long.

“Actually siyempre sobrang proud ako sa kanila kase nung kinausap ko nga sa kanila sabi ko, kung mananalo man tayo is bonus na lang”, coach Lopez said, “Basta ako sabi ko lang (din) sa kanila, enjoy tsaka laban lang tayo hanggang dulo so nagkataon lang sobrang ang ganda ng game (at) ng nilaro ng team ko so wala na kong mahihiling pa” he added.



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