Published on October 6th, 2016 | by Timothy Nolasco0
Lady Shuttlers Goes to Do or Die Saturday
The Lady Shuttlers, holding a twice to beat advantage, faced the Ateneo Lady Eagles earlier in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP badminton tournament on October 5 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
FIRST SINGLES: Arianne Rivera vs Trixie Malibiran
The match-up opened with short rallies resulting to easy points for both shuttlers. As the points were easy for Malibiran, her errors kept Rivera in the game. They entered the interval at 11-10 with the Taft-based shuttlers ahead. The point exchanges remained quick say for a few long and exciting rallies. The game ended 21-19 in favor of the Taft squad.
The second set was just as close as the first. This time, it was not great hits which scored the points for both squads, instead it was the errors. Both players seemed to lose their grip on the game. They had a difficult time scoring smashes and drop shots. The interval showed a scoreline of 9-11, in favor of the Katipunan-based shuttlers. Constant errors committed by both shuttlers kept the game close. Timely hits by Malibiran gave her the advantage entering the final moments. She edged out Rivera to claim the second set, 21-19.
The third set saw a close game between both shuttlers until the interval. After the break, the Lady Eagle started to pull away, leading by as much as 7, 17-10. More errors by Rivera allowed her opponent to close out the game, 21-11.
SECOND SINGLES: Isay Leonardo vs Bianca Carlos
The initial sequences were close as both shuttlers took advantage of the opportunities presented to them. This resulted to their scores going neck to neck. Upon seeing the chance, Carlos took the opportunity to pull away. The interval scores posted 7-11, with Carlos ahead. The game continued but Leonardo failed to overcome the variety of shots her opponents manufactured. This opened up the game giving them the win, 14-21.
Pressure started to creep in as it was difficult to come out of a 0-2 hole against a good team. As Carlos continued her scoring onslaught, so did Leonardo’s struggles. Leonardo’s game then faltered as the Katipunan-based shuttler took advantage, finishing the game with a score of 10-21.
FIRST DOUBLES: Kristelle Salatan/Aires Montilla vs Bianca Carlos/Chanelle Lunod
With her team needing a win, team captain Kristelle Salatan tried her best to get as much momentum going her team’s way. However, the Katipunan-based shuttlers were determined to force the series into a do-or-die game, keeping the game close at 11-10, with DLSU leading. The Taft-based duo tried to pull away by making some small runs, but Lunod would not allow this as she made a personal scoring run and kept the scores extremely close. The first game was ended by Montilla, 21-19.
The duo from Ateneo were determined to shoot the lights on DLSU as they built an insurmountable lead into the interval, 11-2. Montilla and Salatan tried their best to come back and force a fourth match, but Carlos and Lunod had a response to each of their rallies, finishing the second game with the score of 18-21.
Both teams had furious rallies, for DLSU it is to extend the game and for Ateneo to survive and negate the twice to beat advantage of DLSU. However, the pressure was just too much as the Atenean duo pulled away, winning the match, 19-21.
The lady shuttlers will once again see action on Saturday, October 8, at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. It will be the do-or-die game against the ADMU Lady Eagles.