Lady Shuttlers pounce on struggling Falcons
Published on October 1st, 2016 | by Timothy Nolasco
The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers are off to the step-ladder semifinals after defeating the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, this Saturday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
First Singles: Monica Rivera vs Alyssa San Pedro
The start of the first set was very tight with both players exchanging points repeatedly. Rivera’s aggressive style of play put her in the lead at the interval of the first set, 11-7. Coming out of the break, we could see the fire in Rivera’s eyes as she shut out her opponent the rest of the way. The set ended in favor of DLSU, 21-7.
The second set was the total opposite of previous set as Rivera showed her mastery against San Pedro, entering the interval with a 9-point lead, 11-2. After a few scoring exchanges, Rivera went on a scoring onslaught which gave her the set, 21-8.
Second Singles: Iyah Sevilla vs Mika Aquino
Sevilla came out of the gates forcefully, scoring the first 3 points of the match. However, Aquino bounced back as she exchanged blows with Sevilla to come to a close 4 points at the interval, 11-7. Sevilla did not let this lead slip away, coming out of the interval with a massive 10-2 run to end the set at 21-9.
The start of the second set was close, with the game being tied on several occasions. Coming off the 7-7 deadlock, Sevilla went full throttle which made it extremely difficult for her opponent to score. The set ended again in favor of the shuttler from DLSU, 21-11.
First Doubles: Aires Montilla and Kristelle Salatan vs Christine Garin and Ma. Margarita Villacorta
The Salatan and Montilla tandem proved their greatness once again after scoring 5 quick points in the start of the match. The Adamsonian duo would keep it close by firing three straight points to put the score at 5-3. Both teams exchanged points, but DLSU eventually got the upper hand and started to pull away. The interval scores are at 11-5. Finally, The Lasallian duo did not let their opponents come any closer, finishing the set with a score of 21-9.
The second set was almost the same, as the DLSU tandem crushed their opponents’ hopes of a comeback. They pushed the lead to 7 at the interval, 11-4. With the momentum on their side, Salatan and Montilla crushed their opponents with a wide array of long balls and drop shots. They ended the set with a score of 21-8.
Second Doubles: Iyah Sevilla and Isay Leonardo vs Mika Aquino and Clydel Pada
Leonardo started the scoring for DLSU with two quick points. After allowing their opponents to get one back, this time it was Sevilla who fired off 8 straight to bury their opponents early in the match. They allowed the Kalaw-based squad to score 2 more points before entering the interval with an 11-3 lead. Leonardo and Sevilla continued their dominance after the break, dominating their opponents to submission and ending the set, 21-6.
The start of the second game was a tight battle between both teams as the duo from La Salle entered the interval with only a slim 11-10 margin. However, they quickly finished the set with a final score of 21-15.
Third Singles: Celina Javier vs Clydel Pada
First game jitters were evident in Javier during her match against Pada. Her inexperience played a huge factor as Pada capitalized on every opportunity presented. She immediately went on mini-runs every time Javier managed to get a point back. Frustrated Javier tried to come close the scorching hot Pada, but to no avail, which led to the victory of AdU, 21-10.
The second set saw more life from Javier, as she tried to keep it close. A lighting failure caused the game to be stopped for almost 10 minutes with the shuttler from Adamson University up only by 4, 10-6. After the break, Pada scored immediately to send the game into the interval, with her leading, 6-11. After the break, Javier clearly, lost her momentum and relinquished the set, 21-10.
The Lady Shuttlers will see action on Wednesday, October 1 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall against the winner between Ateneo de Manila University and National University.