Green Shuttlers dominate Adamson; Lady Shuttlers bow to NU

It was another match day of contrasting results for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Shuttlers as they squared off against Adamson University (AdU) and National University (NU), respectively, on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

The Green Shuttlers prevailed against the Adamson men’s badminton, 4-1, while the Lady Shuttlers fell victim to season hosts National U, 1-4.

Green Shuttlers vs AdU

Indications of the Green Shuttlers winning began as early as the first game when La Salle’s Cayel Pajarillo went up against Kevin Fabros in the first singles. It wasn’t the easiest two sets for Pejarillo against the equally tough Fabros, but he was able to do enough to sweep the opposition, 21-19, 21-17.

Subsequently, the Shuttlers’ Andrew Pineda had his game written all over against Johnrick Macabenta. After a hard-fought first set in which Pineda victored, 21-17, he showed no mercy in the second set, 21-8, en route to another sweep for La Salle.

Shifting to the doubles game, it was the tandem of Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo’s turn to step on the floor against the Adamsonian duo of Johnrick Macabenta and Eben Concha. In identical set scores, the pairing of Linaban-Pajarillo worked their magic. In consecutive sets, they were able to finish strong with three straight attacks to claim it, 21-16, 21-16.

Entering the final doubles game, La Salle still went on a roll, as Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda took care of business against Kevin Fabros and Andrew Zema, 21-10, 21-14. By this time, La Salle still hadn’t dropped a single set.

Adamson, though, was able to spoil La Salle’s perfect run at the final match. Eben Concha fought for the Marcelino-based squads pride, winning against DLSU’s Louie Khairial in two sets, 21-18, 21-17. Even with that, though, it was a little too late for Adamson as La Salle won the match, 4-1.

Lady Shuttlers vs NU

Shifting over to the women’s badminton games in the afternoon, DLSU’s Nicole Albo opened the string of matches against NU’s Sarah Barredo. After an intense first few minutes of set one, Albo unfortunately lost grip of the frame, ultimately dropping the set, 10-21. Barredo was able to finish the match at the second set, as a 6-1 run towards the end had NU winning, 21-15.

In hopes of vengeance, La Salle’s Kanna Baba went up next to try to regain control of the total game against Jeya Pinlac. Baba gained La Salle’s first set that afternoon at a score of 21-17. Pinlac attempted to claw back with an intense outing in the second set, but Baba was just way too on her game, sweeping NU, 22-20.

Nicole Albo partnered with Iya Sevilla to try to give La Salle its first total game lead against Sarah Barredo and Thea Pomar in the first doubles game. The Barredo-Pomar duo, though, had other plans, sweeping the Shuttler’s efforts, 21-19, 21-19.

By the time the second doubles game came in, DLSU was on its last leg, as Kanna Baba and Victoria Sason were required to win this game in order for the Green and White to still have a shot at the total game. Unfortunately, the Sampaloc-based tandem of Pinlac-Capillo halted La Salle’s chances, 21-18, 21-8.

The final match between DLSU’s Iya Sevilla and NU’s Thea Pomar ended in naught once again for La Salle, with Pomar prevailing, 21-14, 23-22.

The DLSU Shuttlers look to finish strong in their respective campaigns as the badminton season goes down to one final match day. The Green Shuttlers will face the University of the Philippines (UP) in the morning, followed by a meeting between the Lady Shuttlers and the University of the East (UE) in the afternoon, both at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Lady Shuttlers dominate; Green Shuttlers misfire

It was a match day of contrasting results for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Shuttlers as they took the floor against the badminton bets of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST), respectively, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Center.

Green Shuttlers vs ADMU

The slate of badminton games began early in the morning with La Salle squaring off against Ateneo. Cayel Pajarillo was first to the floor for La Salle against Fides Bagasbas. Pajarillo absolutely dominated the first set, 21-10. Bagasbas, however, was left unfazed, as consecutive errors from Pajarillo in the end of a tightly contested set two cost La Salle, 18-21. Ateneo was eventually able to cap the comeback with a 21-9 domination in the clinching set. Fortunately for DLSU, they were able to bounce back in the second singles match between Andrew Pineda and Ateneo’s Carlo Remo. Albeit another heated match, Pineda was able to sweep his opponent, 21-14, 21-15.

Cayel Pajarillo and Bless Linaban took the floor for La Salle for the first doubles match, sharing the floor with Ateneo’s pairing of Chan and Bagasbas. The duo of Pajarillo and Linaban proved to be the better team as they were able to edge Ateneo in three sets. Despite trailing by 1-2 in the team scores, Ateneo was able to keep their composure in the second doubles, as another three-setter ended in naught this time for La Salle, with the Remo-Asuncion pairing proving to be lethal against DLSU’s Pineda-Malabanan.

DLSU’s fate came down to Louie Khairiral, as the third and final set saw him going up against Keoni Asuncion. Asuncion got the best of Khairiral, as the Atenean sniped the set, 21-8. Khairiral was determined to bounce back, but it was a little too late as Asuncion won the set 22-20, and eventually, the game for Ateneo.

Lady Shuttlers vs UST

The badminton matches went on in the afternoon, as the Lady Shuttler looked to redeem the incredibly close loss of the men’s team.

And redeem, they did. In domination fashion, no less.

Airah Ablo kicked off the Lady Shuttlers’ reign of terror that afternoon, as the star shuttler stepped up against UST’s Stephanie Mortera. The first set was La Salle badminton at its best, as Ablo absolutely crushed set one at 21-6. Ablo went on to sweep the opposition with a 21-12 second set en route to a 1-0 game lead for La Salle.

The doubles matches were no sweat for the Lady Shuttlers either, as they likewise swept their games. Spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Angelika Paz and Kanna Baba, they were able to edge UST’s Ann Pimentel and Mortera, 22-20, 21-14, 21-17.

Ultimately, it was all up to the final singles match of Kanna Baba to deliver the killing blow. Coming up against Daine Peña, Baba was able to exploit the defense on the way to another La Salle sweep, 21-9, 21-17.

DLSU’s Shuttlers are ready to get right back it on Thursday, October 4 as the Green and Lady Shuttlers face Adamson University and National University, respectively, at the same location.

Green Shuttlers smash Golden Shuttlers to start Season 81

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers started their UAAP Season 81 campaign on a high note after a convincing 4-1 win over the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers on Monday, September 24, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Composure was the mantra of the game for the Green Shuttlers as they rolled past every Golden Shuttler rally to notch their first win of the season.

Andrew Pineda opened the game making quick work of Lorenzo Del Rosario, winning the first set by a mile, 21-8. He then slowed down early in Set 2, trailing by as much as three, 8-11, entering the mandatory timeout. After the break however, he accelerated and blasted a huge 13-3 run to claim the set, 21-14, and the match, 2-0.

In the second singles, Louie Khairial played a seesaw game with UST’s John Paul Yabut as the two were closely tied early in their match. Khairial broke free midway through the opening frame to mount a comfortable 16-12 advantage, which Yabut could no longer overtake. Khairial took the set, 21-15. It was a different song in Set 2 as the Green Shuttler rode on his momentum, leaving the Golden Shuttler behind for most of the period. Khairial took an 18-12 cushion before suddenly seemingly running out of nitro. Yabut made him pay by stringing six unanswered points to eventually tie it at 19-all. The España-based shuttler, with all the fortunes and momentum quickly reversed in his favor, was ready to stage a comeback. But, the Taft-based shuttler kept his composure to salvage the set, 21-19, avoid a monumental collapse, and sweep Yabut’s hopes.

[WATCH Louie Khairial’s winning point in Set 2 of his match against John Paul Yabut.]

Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo represented the Green Shuttlers, who were already up 2-1 in matches, in the first doubles game. On the other hand, with their backs against the wall, UST relied on Kristian Barrios and Juan Miguel Santiago. The Golden Shuttlers couple immediately made their presence felt. They took an 11-5 lead going into the timeout. La Salle did not give up without a fight, even so, as the Taft duo threatened to snatch the set by cutting their erstwhile 9-15 deficit to only one, 19-20. Nonetheless, UST carried on to win Set 1, 21-19. In Set 2, it was a nip and tuck affair between the two tandems as each took turns with the lead, but only up to one point. At 18-all, Linaban and Pajarillo lost their track as Barrios and Santiago completed the sweep, 21-18, and extended the game.

In the second doubles, Paolo Malabanan and Pineda raced to a hot start to quickly drive their opponents away. They led by as much as eight, 16-8, and carried on to a 21-15 Set 1 win. UST’s Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez made adjustments in the second, tying the match at 13-all. La Salle built a three-point gap, 16-13, but UST answered with a 3-1 run to keep the ropes tied, 17-all. The Taft-based squad then made it a 20-19 set. Unfortunately, Malabanan and Pineda could not finish it as an attack from España paved way for an epic 24-22 finish, won nonetheless by La Salle.

[WATCH Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda’s winning point in Set 2 of their match against Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez.]

The Green Shuttlers have virtually already defeated the Golden Shuttlers, 3-1, entering the fifth match. Pajarillo played the last match against John Henrick Peralta. Just way powerful against his opponent, Pajarillo punished Peralta in the opening set, 21-11. Then, he sealed a 21-16 Set 2 win as his team formalized their victory over UST.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will next face University of the East on Thursday at the same venue.

Green Shuttlers shoot down Soaring Falcons, 5-0.

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The Green Shuttlers went past the Soaring Falcons, 5-0 in today’s game at Rizal Sports Complex Badminton Hall.

First Singles Match

Kenneth Monterubio opened the first set on a high note by building a 10-2 lead against AdU’s Concha. With a series of intense smashes and long rallies, Monterubio did not let the huge lead affect his game, and managed to maintain his good play. Eventually, the lead stretched to 19-3. Running on his will to succeed, Monterubio wrapped up the first set with a tally of 21-6.

The second set had been more challenging for Monterubio as Concha managed to catch up with the game, creating a tight score of 8-7. Later on, Monterubio was able to veer away from his opponent, 15-10. Due to his consistency, Monterubio grabbed the team’s first win, 21-11.

Second Singles Match

Green Shuttler Pineda faced AdU’s Delizo in the second singles match. Pineda struggled to find his rhythm early in the game that made him fall behind his opponent, 2-5. Eventually, Pineda was able to catch up with his opponent’s pace, trimming the deficit to 8-5. Pineda was on a roll as he was able to snatch the lead from Concha, 8-13. Eventually, Pineda’s good play enabled him to claim the first set, 21-15.

The second set featured a more intense match between the two teams. Pineda grabbed the first two points of the set, yet Concha did not put up without a fight as his improved play resulted to a tight match. After a series of answering each other’s point, the Taft squad was able to break away from this phase and trailed his opponent, 15-10. At the end of the match, Pineda clinched the team’s second win, 21-13.

First Doubles Match

DLSU’s Cayanan-Obaob tandem went up against AdU’s Iquiña-Paclibare duo. Both teams exhibited the same amount of energy, evidenced by the consistent ties in their tally, 4-all. The Green and White outwitted their opponent as they managed to grab the lead, 8-5. Eventually, the tally inflated to 16-9. The Green Shuttlers proved to be the stronger team as they claimed the first set, 21-10.

The Cayanan-Obaob tandem maintained their good play and managed to grab a 6-1 lead, early in the second set. With DLSU’s strong smashes and quick reflex, it left AdU little to no room to score. Later on, the Soaring Falcons were able to adjust to the situation, but fortunately, the Green Shuttlers did not put their guard down, 17-13. The Green and White claimed their third win, 21-15.

Second Doubles Match

DLSU’s Joshua Monterubio and Pajarillo faced AdU’s Antonio and Concha for the second doubles match. The Green and White showed their aggressiveness by making a 3-0 run early in the first set. They were able to gain their momentum, pushing the tally to 11-6. Despite their opponent’s effort to cut their deficit, this did not faze the Green and White, keeping the lead at 18-14. Eventually, the first set was given to the Taft squad, 21-17.

The second set played out the same scenario as they Taft squad made an early lead, 4-2. DLSU took advantage of AdU’s miscommunication and service errors, 8-5. Both teams exhibited their strength and agility, however, the Taft squad was able to outwit AdU, 18-13. At the end of the set, DLSU prevailed, earning their fourth win, 21-18.

Final Singles Match

Saragena smothered his counterpart Zamoranos with intense smashes that resulted to a 9-3 tally. The Taft squad sustained his good play that extended the tally to 17-3. Saragena’s thrist for victory served as his motivation in claiming the first set, 21-9.

In the final match, Saragena’s momentum carried on, 9-1. The huge difference between the tally did not make the Taft squad complacent as he continued fighting with the same amount of energy as before. Eventually, the last set was awarded to him, 21-10.

Catch the Green Shuttlers as they enter the semifinals round on October 2, 8 am at the Rizal Sports Complex Badminton Hall.

Lady Shuttlers outduel Lady Tigresses for second straight win

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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.

 

 

Lady Shuttlers smash their way into season 79; sweep FEU

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The DLSU Lady Shuttlers sweep the FEU Lady Tamaraws five matches to love. The team almost had a clean sweep having only lost a single set during the whole round. The round took place earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.  The players were Iyah Sevilla, Arianne Rivera, Kristelle Salatan, Aires Montilla, Isay Leonardo.

First Match
Season 79 started with a sweep from Iyah Sevilla against FEU’s Michal Duquilla. Though it may had been a sweep, it was a very close game all throughout the two sets. Both players were exchanging smashes and even respectful nods to each other. The first set had featured fast-paced action as the score was kept close. The lead would only reach to three at most. Iyah left as the victor even after having a tied game at 19 points. The first set ended with the score 21-19. The second set however saw the Lady Tamaraw lead early. Our Lady Shuttler was relentless enough to catch up and even tie the game late at 14-all. Sevilla then made four straight to seal the second set. She then took the first win for her team. Set scores: 21-19 and 21-17.

Second Match
The second match featured a matchup between DLSU’s Arianne Rivera and FEU’s Iris Molina. Arianne proved to be game-changer early on the match showing extreme focus and precision all throughout. Molina however made too many unforced errors during the match causing Arianne to take control during the whole match. The first set featured an early five-point lead for Arianne, she would then hold the lead for the rest of the game and even increasing it to 11 at the end set. The set ended with the score 21-10. The Lady Shuttler would once again overpower the Lady Tamaraw finishing the second set with the same score. Two double-digit leads proved that Arianne Rivera blew her opponent away. Set scores: 21-10 and 21-10.

Third Match
The third match was a doubles match between DLSU’s duo of Iyah Sevilla and Isay Leonardo against FEU’s duo of Michal Duquilla and Maridel Rivera. Both sets featured dominant play from the DLSU duo having led early in the game. With momentum on their side they were able to push the lead further to nine points. But, unforced errors by the Taft-based squad helped the Lady Tamaraws to catch up late in the game. The first set was still won by the DLSU duo, 21-15. The second set then showed a no nonsense version of the Sevilla-Leonardo combo. They proceeded to dominate early enough to have a huge lead early on. They then pulled away and finished with the score 21-12.The win also clinched an automatic victory of their round even having two more matches left. It started to smell like a sweep for the Lady Shuttlers. Set scores: 21-15 and 21-12.

Fourth Match
After the doubles match won by Iyah and Isay, Aires Montilla and Kristelle Salatan looked to get the third and round sealing win for their team in their doubles match. They were up against FEU’s Iris Molina and Klowie Garcia. The first set was very much close as Aires and Kristelle looked a bit out of sync as they made too much unforced errors. It was close at first but FEU gained the lead after slowly puling away as they scored their 16th point. However, the duo of Salatan and Montilla looked rejuvenated as they regained the lead late. The first set then ended with a Green-and-White win, 21-18. Now that they were able to feel out their opponents, the Lady Shuttlers were quick to attack first as they gained the early lead. They then stretched the lead to 12 at the end of the set. The game then again ended with another sweep.Set scores: 21-18 and 21-9.

Fifth Match
As the final match came, the Lady Shuttlers looked to get a clean sweep hoping for Isay Leonardo to win two straight sets against FEU’s Maridel Rivra. However, Isay did not look fresh coming form an intense doubles match earlier. During the first set both players were exchanging two-point leads earlier in the game. They then were tied at 18-all, Isay looked to finally put out her opponent. But, FEU’s Maridel Rivera thought otherwise by reaching the set point while Isay was behind by two points. Isay then pushed to catch up with Maridel Rivera by forcing deuces. At 20-all however, Maridel Rivera got away with two straight points, 20-22. This then became the the first set loss of the round for the Lady Shuttlers.

Lady Shuttler Isay Leonardo then looked to redeem herself still keeping it close against FEU’s Rivera. They kept it really close until Isay clutched to tie it at 18. Rivera then smashed to make it 19 points for FEU. Isay then made a three-point rally to take the second set. The match was tied with both players having a set under their belt.

The third and final set finally showed a rather “revived” Isay Leonardo. She had the early lead and even pulled away early as she led by five points, 11-6. Isay outlasted Rivera as her opponent looked fatigued. The lead then grew to double-digits as the score was 16-6. Finally, Isay took the win as she maintained the huge lead against Rivera with the score 21-11. Set score: 20-22, 21-19, and 21-11.

With that, they open their UAAP campaign with a 5-0 sweep against the FEU Lady Tamaraws. The Lady Shuttlers then look to take over this season 79 as they chase the illusive title. However, they will next face the defending champions the UP Fighting Maroons. Their round will take place tomorrow, 1 PM at the same venue. With that, hopefully #SWEEPTEMBER begins for DLSU.

Green Shuttlers open UAAP season by outlasting the FEU Tamaraws, 4-1

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The Green Shuttlers started their UAAP campaign as they defeated the FEU Tamaraws today at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall

First Singles Match
Team Captain Kenneth Monterubio showcased his agility as he was able to get the first three points of the match, leaving his opponent FEU’s Tercias scoreless. However, Tercias was able to catch up with his pace that rendered a more intense game between the two teams. Monterubio’s service errors became a factor of the close tallies. With both parties being inherently competitive, the first set consisted of both teams answering each other’s point. Eventually, the Green and White team managed to grab a five-point lead, 20-15. With just a point away from victory, Monterubio was able to conquer the first set, 21-17.

The second set was a continuation of the tension between the two teams. The match started off with both of the two teams trying to snatch the lead as the intense rallies resulted in very close tallies. Monterubio was able to get the lead and trail Tercias by eight points, 14-6. Due to Tercias’ service errors, DLSU was able to build a 10-point lead 19-9. With his thirst for victory, Monterubio was able to claim the first match for the team, 21-10.

Second Singles Match
Green Shuttler Cayanan went up against FEU Tamaraw Bacalso in the second singles matchup. With Cayanan’s determination, he easily grabbed an eight-point lead, 12-4. Since Cayanan was able to maintain his good play, he was able to win the first set, 21-15.

In the second set, Bacalso was able to improve his play, and that made it harder for Cayanan to score. Due to FEU’s service errors and Cayanan’s service ace, it became easier for the Taft squad to trail its opponent. As Cayanan was able to make a scoring run, the second match was given to him, 21-15.

First Doubles Match
For the first doubles match, Obaob-Parajillo duo faced their FEU counterparts, Dioniso and Maquelabit. Both teams showcased their aggressiveness that made it hard for them to score consistently. After a team has scored, the opposing team made sure that they will be able to score as well. DLSU was able to capitalize on FEU’s service errors that they were able to break off from that setup, garnering a two-point lead, 15-13. With both teams wanting to win, the match forced an overtime, ending the set with DLSU leading 25-23.

The second set featured another intense match between the two teams. The Green and White had the same energy as they had before, capitalizing on their hard smashes and agility, 14-10. With their consistency, they were able to maintain their lead that later on turned into a win, 21-18.

Second Doubles Match
In the second doubles match, the Monterubio brothers went up against the Tercias-Bacalso duo. The Morayta tandem showed off their prowess that made a 3-0 run, leaving the Taft squad scoreless. Eventually, the Green and White managed to keep up, however the Morayta team remained on top, 6-11. Because of the Taft squad’s resilience, they were able to get past the FEU Tamaraws, and was able to grab the first set, 21-19.

The next set featured another neck and neck match. FEU was able to secure an early lead, 8-5. The Green and White found a way to sneak past their opponent and get back the lead, 17-11. Later on, the Monterubio brothers managed to sustain their opponent as they take the second set, 21-18.

Last Singles Match
For the last matchup, Green Shuttler Pineda went up against FEU’s Maquelabit. Both teams had the same amount of will to win, as they started the set with close tallies. Fortunately, Pineda was able to go the extra mile that garnered them a three-point lead, 14-11. Since Pineda was able to maintain his good play, he was able to conquer the first set, 21-18.

In the second set, FEU was able to secure a three-point lead, which Pineda was able to crush with the help of his hard smashes. He was able to take the lead later on, 17-14. The game got so intense that the match forced another overtime, but this time, The Green and White surrendered to its opponent, 24-26.

In the determining set, FEU easily created a two-point lead, 5-7. Pineda tried to keep up with his opponent’s pace up until the last minute, but in the end, he fell short to FEU, 18-21.

Witness them as they take on the UP Fighting Maroons on September 18, 8 am at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

UAAP Season 79 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Shuttlers

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De La Salle University’s Women’s badminton team had gone through a lot of slips on the road that clogged their way to finally capture the elusive championship crown, or at least a ticket to the finals.

Last season, the Lady Shuttlers fell short on reaching the finals after blowing a twice-to-beat-advantage before eventually getting knocked off by bitter rival Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, 1-3 in both games. The team though, was able to meet their goal, finishing third in the tournament.

This year, the shuttlers from Taft are going to face yet another tough challenge as they will be sent into the battlefield without incoming sophomore Nicole Albo, who will not be playing this season after suffering injuries during offseason. “Sa ladies naman, ang isa naming problema is siyempre may top player kami na hindi makakalaro, si Nicole Albo due to injuries. So iyon yung mga adjustment namin,” Head Coach Lopez said.

Even with their backs against the wall, Coach Lopez reminds his players to keep their eyes on the goal and to take it one game at a time. Coach Lopez shared, “Basta ang advice ko lang muna sa team ngayon ay mag-focus lang muna kami na pumasok both men and women sa top four, so yun muna ang target namin. Then after that, tsaka kami magaadjust ng game plan,”

Asked about the team’s preparations for this season, Coach Lopez said that they are working on the pairings and match-ups heading into the tournament to compensate with the loss of Albo and the coming of new players into the roster.

“Yung adjustment namin sa bagong line up is sa doubles, tsaka yung mga bagong magsisingles, may mga players kami na last year hindi nakalaro tapos ngayong year lalaro na, pagdating doon sa pairing magbabago. So I hope mabilis yung adjustment,” he responded.
The long-time head coach of La Salle’s badminton teams revealed that he already has a roster in mind, however he said that it is yet to be finalized. The soft-spoken mentor is keeping his fingers crossed as he waits for management on whether he will be able to field in players to fill the shoes of Albo.

The Team Captain’s Responsibility

Team Captain Kristelle Dawn Salatan has been holding the torch for the Lady Shuttlers for two years now, and for the graduating senior, she vows to give support to her teammates no matter the outcome. The former national team player wants to be an inspiration to the team as well, bringing out the best in each of them especially in games that go south.

“As a team captain, I want them to see na manalo o matalo nandiyan ako to support them. Gusto ko yung nakikita nila ako, mas napupush nila yung sarili nila. Hindi yung kapag nakikita nila ko parang, mas bababa yung morale nila, I want to be the one to push them to the limit,” Salatan said.

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DLSU has nothing less to expect from the Lady Shuttlers. The team captain marveled that the team believes in each one of them and in their coach. She wants everyone to know that they will be going out strong starting day one.

“Ang ie-expect ng Lasallian community from the women’s badminton team this season is yung susuportahan namin yung mga sarili namin, yung mga teammates namin and mas may tiwala kami sa coach namin na kung ano man yung ibibigay niya na lineup, alam namin na yun na yung the best,” Salatan said.“Mas ipapakita namin yung makakaya namin pag pinalaro na kami, pag nasa loob na kami ng court ibubuhos namin (lahat),” she  added.

Pressure will be there, especially for seniors Salatan, Montilla, and Leonardo, but the high-spirited team captain said that the team is ready to overcome pressure and to just enjoy the season.

“Hindi pa rin mawawala yung pageenjoy namin para mawala din yung pressure since ako at yung partner ko, last playing year na namin so ayaw naming ipakita yung pressure kahit last (playing year) na,” Salatan ended.

Catch Kristelle Salatan and the rest of the DLSU Lady Shuttlers as they battle it out this UAAP Season 79 starting September 17, at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Court.

UAAP Season 79 Team Preview: Green Shuttlers

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The De La Salle University’s Men’s badminton team showed an exceptional campaign last season, contributing 12 points to the point’s tally, which enormously helped the De La Salle University to recuperate the General Championship title. The growth and development that the Green Shuttlers made throughout the years show very good potential for the future. And that’s where they’re headed.

Green Shuttlers played with all their heart and fight to stay on top in the Men’s Badminton division but failed to outlast the unbeaten NU Bulldogs, ending the final campaign with 1-3 in the tally of UAAP Season 78. For two consecutive years, the National University (NU) Bulldogs had been the biggest rivalry of the Green Shuttlers.

Always being one step ahead of your opponent strategically is a priority. 5th year senior Kenneth Monterubio recalled that they lacked enough amount of training compared to the defending champion who was more focused on training. Resolving last year’s flaws, the Green-and-White squad has doubled their effort to prepare for the upcoming battle next week. As part of their preparation, they added more training days and conditioning program.

Gerald Sibayan and former team captain EJ Boac graduated, filling in the void that they left is not a major issue. Their will to take home the championship title has remained strong. There is no doubt that the team goes through periods of significant and ongoing pressure, teaching them to become resilient and manage change.

“Okay naman ang pairing. Mas solid yung dati pero malakas pa rin ngayon. Hindi kami nahirapan mag adjust,” team captain Kenneth Monterubio said. He added that Anton Cayanan extended another playing year; while Glenn Camilo went undrafted last season is now eligible to play this year.

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With the new season upcoming, Coach Owen Lopez wishes the team the best of luck and reminds his team players not to get pressured, instead stay focused on playing one game at a time in order to land a slot in the top four. From there, that’s when they will adjust their game plan for the remaining games. “Yun lang muna kase mahirap naman kung yung goal kaagad namin is yung mabigat kaagad so kumbaga one by one. Isu-sure lang muna namin na magkaroon kami ng slot sa top four”, Lopez said.

The strong passion of the whole team has made them overcome the challenges in preparation for the most awaited event. It was indeed tough, but with teamwork and heart, the Men’s badminton team believes that they can finally bring home the championship trophy this year.

The Green-and-White squad is fully prepared to be able to keep up what they have achieved. They’re hoping to start a good year with a victorious campaign against Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on September 17, 8:00 AM at Rizal Sports Complex.

Stronger and wiser. This year’s line up consist of the following: Kenneth Monterubio- 6th year, team captain; Michael Saragena- 3rd year, co-captain; Anton Cayanan- 5th year; Joshua Monterubio- 4th year; Jerickson Obaob- 4th year; Glenn Camilo- 3rd year; Cayel Parajillo- 2nd year; Andrew Pineda- 2nd year

UAAP Season 79 Team Preview: Green Shuttlers

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The De La Salle University’s Men’s badminton team showed an exceptional campaign last season, contributing 12 points to the point’s tally, which enormously helped the De La Salle University to recuperate the General Championship title. The growth and development that the Green Shuttlers made throughout the years show very good potential for the future. And that’s where they’re headed.

Green Shuttlers played with all their heart and fight to stay on top in the Men’s Badminton division but failed to outlast the unbeaten NU Bulldogs, ending the final campaign with 1-3 in the tally of UAAP Season 78. For two consecutive years, the National University (NU) Bulldogs had been the biggest rivalry of the Green Shuttlers.

Always being one step ahead of your opponent strategically is a priority. 5th year senior Kenneth Monterubio recalled that they lacked enough amount of training compared to the defending champion who is more focused on training. Resolving last year’s flaws, the Green-and-White squad has doubled their effort to prepare for the upcoming battle next week. As part of their preparation, they added more training days and conditioning program.

Gerald Sibayan and former team captain EJ Boac graduated, filling in the void that they left is not a major issue. Their will to take home the champion title has remained strong. There is no doubt that the team goes through periods of significant and ongoing pressure, teaching them to become resilient and manage change.

“Okay naman ang pairing. Mas solid yung dati pero malakas pa rin ngayon. Hindi kami nahirapan mag adjust,” team captain Kenneth Monterubio said. He added that Anton Cayanan extended another playing year; while Glenn Camilo went undrafted last season is now eligible to play this year.

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With the new season upcoming, Coach Owen Lopez wishes the team the best of luck and reminds his team players not to get pressured, instead stay focused on playing one game at a time in order to land a lot in the top four. From there, that’s when they will adjust their game plan for the remaining games. “Yun lang muna kase mahirap naman kung yung goal kaagad namin is yung mabigat kaagad so kumbaga one by one. Isu-sure lang muna namin na magkaroon kami ng slot sa top four”, Lopez said.

The strong passion of the whole team has made them overcome the challenges in preparation for the most awaited event. It was indeed tough, but with teamwork and heart, the Men’s badminton team believes that they can finally bring home the championship trophy this year.

The Green-and-White squad is fully prepared to be able to keep up what they have achieved. They’re hoping to start a good year with a victorious campaign against Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on September 17, 8:00 AM at Rizal Sports Complex.

Stronger and wiser. This year’s line up consist of the following: Kenneth Monterubio- 6th year, team captain; Michael Saragena- 3rd year, co-captain; Anton Cayanan- 5th year; Joshua Monterubio- 4th year; Glenn Camilo- 3rd year; Cayel Parajillo- 2nd year; Andrew Pineda- 2nd year