Published on October 9th, 2015 | by Karl Eugene Pamat0
Lady Shuttlers show mastery against UE, 5-0
The DLSU Lady Shuttlers added University of the East on their list of victims as the Taft-based squad proved to be too much dominating the Lady Warriors in straight sets fashion in all of their five matches.
Lady Shuttler Iyah Sevilla went head-to-head against UE’s Lyra Rosal in the first single’s matchup. In the beginning of the first set, Sevilla was down by 4 points as her attacks were converted into errors. The Green-and-White was able to grab the momentum and pull a come from behind win against Rosal in the first set, 22-20.
During the second set, Lady Shuttler Sevilla was able to find her groove as her attacks puzzled the Lady Warrior. Rosal’s cause of avenging her loss in the first set seemed to pull away as she commits error after error. The Lady Shuttler ends her matchup with a strong finish, 21-10.
Nicole Albo was put forward to represent the Green-and-White in the second single’s game against her UE counterpart Heide Rosal. The Lady Shuttler showed a variety of attacks from smashes to push shots. Nicole Albo dominated the Lady Warrior throughout the match thumping her Recto-based opponent into straight sets, 21-11 and 21-11.
The Taft-based duo Kristelle Salatan and Isay Leonardo emerged victorious against UE’s Pamela Fernandez and Rielle Dilla. The Lady Shuttlers exhibited their badminton prowess by ending the first set with an exclamation mark, 21-7. The UE-tandem was able to pull a 1-4 run in the second set but the Lady Shuttlers ceases the momentum of the Lady Warriors. University of the East was unable to answer the the consecutive attacks made by Salatan and Leonardo ending the second set with the score of 21-12.
It was a different scenario in the second double’s matchup as Lady Shuttlers Nicole Albo and Aires Montilla faced a gritty Lady Warrior duo of Lyra and Heide Rosal. In the first set, the Lady Shuttlers breezed through a 4-point lead. However, the Recto-based squad capitalized on the attacking errors of the Green team. Both teams had a fair share of attacks and errors but it was through a cross-court kill that lead to the victory of the Lady Shuttlers, 21-19.
In the second set, both teams had a close matchup but the Lady Warriors’ seemed to have not recovered from their echelon committing a streak of errors and eventually, succumbing to the Taft based-duo Albo and Montilla, 21-15.
The last matchup between Lady Shuttler Arianne Rivera and Lady Warrior Denise Labay was an easy outing for the Green-and-White as Rivera showed her athleticism in the sport by demolishing her UE counterpart in straight sets, 21-12 and 21-6.
Although it was an easy win for the Taft-based squad, head coach Owen Lopez wants a more aggressive Lady Shuttlers. Especially that they are aiming for at least second place for this tournament as UP remains unbeaten. “We are really aiming for tomorrow’s game [for us] to be second place, I hope na hindi lang masira yung confidence nila since mahirap pag nawala na,” Lopez said as the tourney is coming to a close.
The Lady Shuttlers will battle it out against FEU Lady Tamaraws on October 4, 1:00 PM at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
In collaboration with Naomi Imbang