Shuttlers slam foes, snare massive triumphs
Published on August 16th, 2014 | by Deion Bandril
It was a great day for DLSU at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts as the Green Shuttlers defeated UP 4-1 and the Lady Shuttlers bludgeoned Adamson after outclassing them in all five games racked up today.
The Green Shuttlers marched on to their fourth straight win in four games after dispatching UP 4-1. Missing out on the Final Four last season against UP via a playoff, the team has set sights forward as they try to forget that haunting moment.
In singles, Green Shuttler Gerald Sibayan went against UP’s Malelang. Sibayan was challenged by Malelang who took the first set. The national team mainstay, nonetheless, was composed enough to turn the game around. Sibayan drew first blood for La Salle in three sets, 17-21, 21-17, 21-11. Green Shuttler Kenneth Monterubio followed up his batchmate’s victory as he defeated UP’s Lopez in an exhilarating yet short match, 21-14, 21-19.
Cayanan fell short of completing a whitewash after he fell flat against UP’s Lopez. The match was a very close game; it all came down to whoever had more in him. Cayanan was bested in just 2 sets, 24-26, 18-21.
In doubles, the tag team of Sibayan and Cayanan dominated UP’s Leonardo-Malelang combo. Fast-paced action in which produced an early run in favour of DLSU helped seal the deal in two sets, 21-14, 21-10.
Kenneth and Prince Monterubio delivered another energetic performance. The Monterubios sneaked past UP’s duo of Deato and Clemente in what was a tightly-contested game. The UP pair was able to take advantage of DLSU’s errors. However, it was not enough after the badminton brothers were too much to handle, 22-20, 21-19.
Coach Owen Lopez was very proud on how the Green Shuttlers were prepared for this game. He praised, “Pinaghahandaan namin yung opponent namin. Pinag-iisipan namin kung anong lineup ‘yung gagamitin namin. At the same time, kinakausap ko sila kung anong best lineup na gagamitin sa next game. Para at least, ‘di lang ako mag-dedecide, pati ‘yung buong team na rin.”
Keeping the pursuit alive
Knowing that another defeat would probably dampen their Final Four hopes, the Lady Shuttlers reignited their bid for the title after a morale-boosting 5-0 win over neighbours Adamson.
In singles’ action, Lady Shuttler Aires Montilla defeated Adamson’s Lopez, 21-15, 21-10. Throughout the whole match, Montilla completely controlled the flow. The key to her victory was quickness and agility as she moved all over the court.
Lady Shuttler Alyssa Leonardo decided to continue the momentum by beating AdU’s Lucas in three sets, 21-17, 21-23, 21-14. After almost nabbing the game in two sets but lost the second set, Leonardo got her bearings and continued to dominate Lucas on the third set.
Lastly, Lady Shuttlers’ rookie Monica Rivera completely dominated the match. Rivera bested AdU’s Garin in what was an excellent performance coming from a rookie. Rivera seemed flawless on the first set and brought that momentum on to the next set. She dominated the match by keeping her errors minimal and smashing her way to victory. Rivera won in two sets, 21-8 and 21-14.
In doubles, Montilla & Kristelle Salatan defeated the AdU combo of Garin & Ochoa, 21-19 and 21-11. Wanting to get the win, Montilla and Salatan went for an early run and kept the momentum going. Danica San Ignacio and Alyssa Leonardo, meanwhile went the extra set gave a powerful effort to beat AdU’s dynamic duo of Lucas & Aquino, 21-14, 19-21, 21-13. Denied of a two-set victory, birthday girl San Ignacio, with Bonifacio by her side, was confident with her game, showing her prowess throughout the whole match.
Coach Owen Lopez noticed the improvement from last game. He remarked, “Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na kahit natalo kami sa UP noong isang araw, dapat makapag-adjust agad kaming lahat at improve ‘yung mga kulang namin. Dapat din namin mapag-aralan yung susunod na lalaruin namin sa team.“
Only 24 hours separate today’s games from their next ones. Beginning at 9:00am, the Green Shuttlers are looking to collect their fifth win at the expense of UST. Meanwhile, the Lady Shuttlers’ encounter against the NU women’s badminton team will start at 1:00pm. Both ties are scheduled to be played at this season’s only badminton venue, Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts.