Lady Shuttlers outduel Lady Tigresses for second straight win
Published on September 24th, 2016 | by Khyte Mendoza
The De La Salle University Lady Shuttlers gutted out ,3-2, victory against the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses to bag their second consecutive victory in a thrilling collision in the UAAP Season 79 Women’s Badminton Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall, earlier today.
The Lady Shuttlers registered their third win in four outings.
First Singles: Anghela Sevilla vs Angelie Panotes
Sevilla dominated Panotes throughout the match. The Lady Shuttler was just too much for the Lady Tigress, with the first set ending with a booming, 21-4, victory for La Salle. Sevilla continued the demolition on Patones, 11-2, into the break. The former leaned onto a resounding performance to end the match, 21-11.
Second Singles: Arianne Rivera vs Airish Macalino
Rivera had an early lead against Macalino in the opening set of the match. She took advantage of errors from Macalino, 7-3. The errors continued to pile up for UST, plus some hard-hitting smashes from Rivera, which gave the latter an, 11-5, edge heading into the break. Rivera made life more miserable for Macalino as the Lady Shuttler kept on placing the shuttlecock to make the shuttler from USTe moving. Rivera, eventually, coasted to an easy, 21-12, win in the first set.
The second frame was a completely different story as the set went tit-for-tat from the start. Rivera raced to grab a slim, 11-9, lead. However, Macalino displayed resilience, finally taking the lead, 17-16. From then on, the two shuttlers exchange blows and the score knotted up at 20-all. Macalino seemed to pick up from where she left off, snatching the set, 22-20. She then rid on momentum to clinch the victory in the third set 21-16.
First Doubles: Anghela Sevilla – Alyssa Leonardo vs Airish Macalino – Steffi Aquino
The first canto turned to be another tight one, with the Taft-based duo trailing, 5-6. Leonardo and Sevilla were able to regroup, barging into the interval with the lead, 11-10. La Salle never looked back. They eventually won the set, 21-15. The second set was nail-biting as it can get. UST looked to have answers to every punch DLSU was throwing. The Lady Tigresses outlasted the Green and White in a set where no team really had enough breathing space, 24-22. The Lady Shuttlers got their act together, making the decisive set a walk in the park, 21-12.
Second Doubles: Kristelle Salatan – Aires Montilla vs Kristine Gaspar – Elizabeth Pimentel
Seniors Salatan and Montilla started the match with a blitz, 7-5. The Espana-based tandem fought back to take on the driver’s seat, 11-10, into the break. Montilla daggered it down straight into the defense to give La Salle a, 16-13, edge. UST sank into more trouble, committing consecutive errors that gifted DLSU the first set, 21-15.
The Lady Shuttlers never looked back. Montilla and Salatan pierced in arrows after another to post a, 21-17, second set victory.
Third Singles: Lindsay Tercias vs Steffi Aquino
Tercias had her debut in the singles category in the UAAP. Jitters were very evident especially in the early part of the match. Tercias found herself trailing by five, 6-11, in the first set. However, she displayed heart and rallied back to cut the deficit to one, 16-17. Tercias still fell short, running out of gas to yield the set to Aquino, 17-21. The Lady Shuttler retaliated in the second frame. She went on to win it, 21-17, and to force a third set.
Aquino survived a scare from Tercias in the decisive set, 21-19, to hook second win for UST in the final match.
Next up for DLSU is perennial rival Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles tomorrow, 1pm, still at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
“Siyempre iba pag Ateneo-La Salle eh,” Head Coach Owen Lopez marveled, “So yun lang naman yung pang-motivate natin sa kanila kase sila naman yung naglalaro. Kailangan matibay, kailangan hangga’t maaari puro encouragement, no negatives.” he added.