Published on September 29th, 2018 | by Genrev Josiah Villamin0
Green Shuttlers smash Golden Shuttlers to start Season 81
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers started their UAAP Season 81 campaign on a high note after a convincing 4-1 win over the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers on Monday, September 24, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Composure was the mantra of the game for the Green Shuttlers as they rolled past every Golden Shuttler rally to notch their first win of the season.
Andrew Pineda opened the game making quick work of Lorenzo Del Rosario, winning the first set by a mile, 21-8. He then slowed down early in Set 2, trailing by as much as three, 8-11, entering the mandatory timeout. After the break however, he accelerated and blasted a huge 13-3 run to claim the set, 21-14, and the match, 2-0.
In the second singles, Louie Khairial played a seesaw game with UST’s John Paul Yabut as the two were closely tied early in their match. Khairial broke free midway through the opening frame to mount a comfortable 16-12 advantage, which Yabut could no longer overtake. Khairial took the set, 21-15. It was a different song in Set 2 as the Green Shuttler rode on his momentum, leaving the Golden Shuttler behind for most of the period. Khairial took an 18-12 cushion before suddenly seemingly running out of nitro. Yabut made him pay by stringing six unanswered points to eventually tie it at 19-all. The España-based shuttler, with all the fortunes and momentum quickly reversed in his favor, was ready to stage a comeback. But, the Taft-based shuttler kept his composure to salvage the set, 21-19, avoid a monumental collapse, and sweep Yabut’s hopes.
Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo represented the Green Shuttlers, who were already up 2-1 in matches, in the first doubles game. On the other hand, with their backs against the wall, UST relied on Kristian Barrios and Juan Miguel Santiago. The Golden Shuttlers couple immediately made their presence felt. They took an 11-5 lead going into the timeout. La Salle did not give up without a fight, even so, as the Taft duo threatened to snatch the set by cutting their erstwhile 9-15 deficit to only one, 19-20. Nonetheless, UST carried on to win Set 1, 21-19. In Set 2, it was a nip and tuck affair between the two tandems as each took turns with the lead, but only up to one point. At 18-all, Linaban and Pajarillo lost their track as Barrios and Santiago completed the sweep, 21-18, and extended the game.
In the second doubles, Paolo Malabanan and Pineda raced to a hot start to quickly drive their opponents away. They led by as much as eight, 16-8, and carried on to a 21-15 Set 1 win. UST’s Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez made adjustments in the second, tying the match at 13-all. La Salle built a three-point gap, 16-13, but UST answered with a 3-1 run to keep the ropes tied, 17-all. The Taft-based squad then made it a 20-19 set. Unfortunately, Malabanan and Pineda could not finish it as an attack from España paved way for an epic 24-22 finish, won nonetheless by La Salle.
[WATCH Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda’s winning point in Set 2 of their match against Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez.]
The Green Shuttlers have virtually already defeated the Golden Shuttlers, 3-1, entering the fifth match. Pajarillo played the last match against John Henrick Peralta. Just way powerful against his opponent, Pajarillo punished Peralta in the opening set, 21-11. Then, he sealed a 21-16 Set 2 win as his team formalized their victory over UST.
The DLSU Green Shuttlers will next face University of the East on Thursday at the same venue.