Published on February 26th, 2018 | by Timothy Nolasco0
Lady Tennisters come within an arm’s reach of winning against UST
The De La Salle University Lady Tennisters upped their game to start the second round. They went toe-to-toe with the undefeated team from the University of Santo Tomas. However, the Taft-based squad fell short, 2-3, at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Courts, Sunday.
In the first singles match, fans were treated to a heartstopper as co-captain Jed Aquino went through a nearly 3-hour war against UST’s KT Malinis. With the first two sets split between the athletes, Aquino rushed to a 3-0 lead to start the third canto. The smooth-sailing start would somehow come to a halt as the España-based Malinis went on a 5-game run which gave her match point. The tables would then turn as Aquino rallied back and forced a tiebreak. Momentum would swing back and forth in the extension as both players tried to pull away. With both players running on afterburners, Malinis hung on to get the victory. The match ended with scores of 3-6, 6-3, and 6-7 with four deuces.
The second singles saw skipper Rachelle De Guzman sweep her opponent in two sets. The first set was a hotly contested one as both players kept in step with each other. The second set contrasted the events of the first as De Guzman easily dispatched of UST’s Erika Manduriao. The match ended with scores of 6-4 and 6-1.
The third singles was played by Kylla Orillosa of La salle. She faced Monica Cruz of UST. With the tie all knotted at 2 a piece, it was upto Orillosa to bring home the bacon for the Lady Tennisters and bring the Lady Tigresses their first defeat of the season. Cruz made sure that no upset was going to take place as she dispatched of Orillosa in 2 sets, 3-6, 0-6.
Mary Alcantara and Kiana Gacias represented the Taft-based squad in the first doubles. However, UST’s tandem of Precian Rivera and Ingrid Gonzales would deny them the win. The match finished in favor of UST, 0-6 and 1-6.
The second doubles allowed La Salle to get even with UST. Nikki Arandia and Jenni Dizon were able to outlast Tigress duo Ebeb Caorte and Meann San Jose in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, and 6-1.
Team captain Rachelle De Guzman said that the match-ups were in their favor and they have a good opportunity to put a dent on the immaculate record held by the Tigresses. De Guzman added, “The crucial match came up short. Sayang kasi that’s the chance to get our first win and big help sana samin yon for the remaining games.” She also said that the tough defeat will be a wake up call to the rest of the team.
The Lady Tennisters will look to break in to the win column on March 4 against rivals Ateneo De Manila University at 8am. The tie will be held at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Courts. See you there!