Lady Shuttlers Bow out of the UAAP Badminton Tournament in 3rd place
Published on October 8th, 2016 | by Timothy Nolasco
The DLSU Lady Shuttlers faced the ADMU Lady Eagles on Saturday, October 8 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. The winner advances to the finals against the waiting UP Lady Maroons in the stepladder semis.
FIRST SINGLES: IYAH SEVILLA(DLSU) vs BIANCA CARLOS(ADMU)
The Lasallian shuttler started the game on fire, burying her opponent in a deep 8-1 hole. The Atenean would bounce back, closing the gap before the interval. They entered the interval with Sevilla ahead by a slim margin, 11-9. Furious rallies were shown by both shuttlers as both of them refused to give any breathing room to their opponent. With the score at a deuce, Sevilla scored on a timely hit. However, she allowed Carlos to convert on 3 straight points, relinquishing the game, 21-23.
The second game showed as much intensity as the first, but it was the Atenean who went on a tear, leading by as much as 5 points. Sevilla would bring herself within striking distance as they entered the interval, trailing 8-11. After the interval, Sevilla and Carlos exchanged points. As the game went on, Carlos would make timely hits to push her lead further and claim the game, 16-21.
SECOND SINGLES: ARIANNE RIVERA(DLSU) vs PATRICIA MALIBIRAN(ADMU)
The start of the match saw a lot of exchanges as both players had a response for the other’s hits. Malibiran would however edge out Rivera before the interval, 7-11. The Taft-based shuttler would try to come back by scoring in bunches, but Malibiran would hold on to grab the first game, 18-21.
Rivera started the game with fire in her eyes as she tried to force a decider. She started the second game almost perfect as she pushed the lead to an 8-2 advantage. Malibiran would wake up from this slump and close the gap on Rivera, 11-8 as they entered the interval. The rest of the game would be neck and neck, but a big four-point run by the Atenean would prove pivotal. Her crucial run helped her get on top of Rivera, closing the match with a score of 19-21.
FIRST DOUBLES: ISAY LEONARDO/IYAH SEVILLA(DLSU) vs BIANCA CARLOS/CHANELLE LUNOD
With DLSU needing a win to extend their season, the duo of Leonardo and Sevilla would not let Carlos and Lunod out of their sights. They kept the game close, breathing down the Ateneans’ necks in the interval, 9-11. The next few exchanges would be intense as both teams had a difficult time pulling away. After being down by 4, 15-20, Sevilla would score 3 straight points to cut the deficit to 2, 18-20. A costly mistake would give the Katipunan-based duo the game at 18-21.
The Atenean duo came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, wanting to crush any hopes of a comeback. They led as much as 6, 11-5. After trailing by 6 at the interval, Sevilla and Leonardo would cut the lead to three as the game went on. Trailing again by five with Ateneo already at 20 points, Sevilla would once again try to save the day for DLSU as she fired off 4 straight points to cut the lead to a one-point deficit, 19-20. With a high pressure to score on the final play, the Lady Shuttlers went toe to toe with their opponent, giving hard hits and good defense. After a long rally for the final point, the Taft-based shuttlers would commit a huge error, giving Ateneo the win, 19-21.
We will surely see the DLSU Lady Shuttlers bounce back stronger next year with the core of the team still intact. Also returning from injury is Nicole Albo who sat out this season.