Green and Lady Shuttlers mop up ADU, UST in season-opener sweeps

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers were a house on fire in their first game of the UAAP Season 82 after blanking the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 5-0, yesterday morning, September 18, at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court. Later in the afternoon, the Lady Shuttlers also mopped the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 5-0.

GREEN SHUTTLERS VS ADU

Team captain Jan-e Mangubat gave La Salle its first won match with a three-set thriller against Elbren Concha. Mangubat trailed in sets, 0-1, after losing the first set, 15-21. He then bounced back in the second set, 21-15, and went on to clinch the match in the third set, 21-10.

Graduating Green Shuttler Andrew Pineda made quick work of Kevin Fabros, 21-13, 21-16, for a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Mangubat and Hanz Bernardo, who were teammates in Ateneo before moving to La Salle, clinched the victory for the Taft-based squad after sweeping Fabros and David Libanan, 21-17, 21-18.

Pineda and rookie Joshua Morada likewise won a tightly-contested second doubles match against Concha and Johnrick Macabenta, 21-18, 22-20.

Bernardo capped the sweep for the Green-and-White with an easy victory over Libanan, 21-13, 21-10.

LADY SHUTTLERS VS UST

Despite missing the services of former Most Valuable Player Nicole Albo, who committed to the upcoming SEA Games, the Lady Shuttlers seemed fine as they started with a bang.

Team captain Iyah Sevilla gave her opponent Elij Pena a hard time to score to open the tie, 21-7, 21-10.

Rookie Mia Manguilimotan defeated Kristeen Geronimo in the second singles match, 21-13, 22-20.

Sevilla partnered with sophomore Shuttler Kanna Baba in the first doubles match. The duo dominated, 21-14, 21-10, as La Salle officially logged the win over UST.

Manguilimotan and fellow rookie Palma Cruz trounced Geronimo and Stephanie Mortera, while Baba sealed the deal with a 21-9, 21-19 decision over Mortera in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers and Lady Shuttlers will continue their quest tomorrow, September 20, at the same venue. The Green Shuttlers will face the UE Red Warriors at 8 AM, while the Lady Shuttlers will meet their archrivals ADMU Lady Eagles at 1 PM.

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.

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.

Lady Shuttlers Bow out of the UAAP Badminton Tournament in 3rd place

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The DLSU Lady Shuttlers faced the ADMU Lady Eagles on Saturday, October 8 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. The winner advances to the finals against the waiting UP Lady Maroons in the stepladder semis.

 

FIRST SINGLES: IYAH SEVILLA(DLSU) vs BIANCA CARLOS(ADMU)

The Lasallian shuttler started the game on fire, burying her opponent in a deep 8-1 hole. The Atenean would bounce back, closing the gap before the interval. They entered the interval with Sevilla ahead by a slim margin, 11-9. Furious rallies were shown by both shuttlers as both of them refused to give any breathing room to their opponent. With the score at a deuce, Sevilla scored on a timely hit. However, she allowed Carlos to convert on 3 straight points, relinquishing the game, 21-23.

The second game showed as much intensity as the first, but it was the Atenean who went on a tear, leading by as much as 5 points. Sevilla would bring herself within striking distance as they entered the interval, trailing 8-11. After the interval, Sevilla and Carlos exchanged points. As the game went on, Carlos would make timely hits to push her lead further and claim the game, 16-21.

 

SECOND SINGLES: ARIANNE RIVERA(DLSU) vs PATRICIA MALIBIRAN(ADMU)

The start of the match saw a lot of exchanges as both players had a response for the other’s hits. Malibiran would however edge out Rivera before the interval, 7-11. The Taft-based shuttler would try to come back by scoring in bunches, but Malibiran would hold on to grab the first game, 18-21.

Rivera started the game with fire in her eyes as she tried to force a decider. She started the second game almost perfect as she pushed the lead to an 8-2 advantage. Malibiran would wake up from this slump and close the gap on Rivera, 11-8 as they entered the interval. The rest of the game would be neck and neck, but a big four-point run by the Atenean would prove pivotal. Her crucial run helped her get on top of Rivera, closing the match with a score of 19-21.

 

FIRST DOUBLES: ISAY LEONARDO/IYAH SEVILLA(DLSU) vs BIANCA CARLOS/CHANELLE LUNOD

With DLSU needing a win to extend their season, the duo of Leonardo and Sevilla would not let Carlos and Lunod out of their sights. They kept the game close, breathing down the Ateneans’ necks in the interval, 9-11. The next few exchanges would be intense as both teams had a difficult time pulling away. After being down by 4, 15-20, Sevilla would score 3 straight points to cut the deficit to 2, 18-20. A costly mistake would give the Katipunan-based duo the game at 18-21.

The Atenean duo came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, wanting to crush any hopes of a comeback. They led as much as 6, 11-5. After trailing by 6 at the interval, Sevilla and Leonardo would cut the lead to three as the game went on. Trailing again by five with Ateneo already at 20 points, Sevilla would once again try to save the day for DLSU as she fired off 4 straight points to cut the lead to a one-point deficit, 19-20. With a high pressure to score on the final play, the Lady Shuttlers went toe to toe with their opponent, giving hard hits and good defense. After a long rally for the final point, the Taft-based shuttlers would commit a huge error, giving Ateneo the win, 19-21.

We will surely see the DLSU Lady Shuttlers bounce back stronger next year with the core of the team still intact. Also returning from injury is Nicole Albo who sat out this season.

 

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.

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

Green Shuttlers finish second, bow to Bulldogs

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De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers fell short against powerhouse National University (NU) Bulldogs, 1-3. The Taft-based squad failed to extend the series but were able to rank second for two straight years in the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Badminton at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Badminton Hall, earlier today.

Second doubles: Joshua and Kenneth Monterubio vs Paul Gonzales and Roslee Pedrosa

Brothers Kenneth and Joshua Monterubio suffered a three-set defeat at the hands of NU’s Paul Gonzales and Roslee Pedrosa with the scores of 21-18, 15-21, and 20-22 in the second doubles match that was played for 50 minutes.

The Monterubios opened the first set right as they led, 11-5, and never looked back to hook the set, 21-18. The duo from National U countered on the next set, capitalizing on La Salle’s errors. Pedrosa sealed the win in the second set forging the title-decider. Momentum shifted onto the pair from Sampaloc but that did not get into the way of the guys in Green. Gonzales committed an error that gave DLSU a 16-15 lead However, the Bulldogs displayed in-game composure with Gonzales sending it over the net to clinch the championship repeat.

First doubles: Anton Cayanan and Gerald Sibayan vs Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada

In the first doubles match, same scenario happened to Gerald Sibayan and team captain Anton Cayanan wherein they won the first set but were not able to close the game out. The Green and White stole the first set thriller, 22-20. NU retaliated in the next two sets limiting La Salle to just nine and 19 points in the second and third set respectively. The match went on for 50 minutes.

Second singles: Kenneth Monterubio vs Keeyan Gabuelo

Gabuelo started off the first set strong with a 6-2 edge over Monterubio. The Green Shuttler answered back to inch in closer, trimming the deficit to just a point, 10-11. Monterubio then picked up the pieces to post a ,21-18, first set win.

In the second set, Gabuelo made sure that he was not going to raise the white flag as he outlasted Monterubio with the score of 22-20.

Monterubio sent his NU counterpart crashing back to earth in the last set, pounding Gabuelo on errors to snatch the third set, 21-19. The crowd witnessed the seesaw battle in 55 minutes of play.

First singles: Anton Cayanan vs Roslee Pedrosa

Cayanan succumbed to Pedrosa in straight sets, 11-21 and 18-21, which gave National U the first blood in the team tie.

The shuttler from Taft did not see a glimpse of light at the of the tunnel in the first set as Pedrosa shut him down early, 3-10, and eventually went on to win the first set.

Pedrosa kept Cayanan at bay in the second set, 11-17, but the Green shirt rallied back to cut the lead to a precarious point, 18-19. The run from Cayanan was not enough to force a third set as the NU shuttler  took the match that lasted for only 30 minutes.

Head Coach Owen Lopez was proud of his crew despite the loss, praising the efforts of the Green Shuttlers all season long.

“Actually siyempre sobrang proud ako sa kanila kase nung kinausap ko nga sa kanila sabi ko, kung mananalo man tayo is bonus na lang”, coach Lopez said, “Basta ako sabi ko lang (din) sa kanila, enjoy tsaka laban lang tayo hanggang dulo so nagkataon lang sobrang ang ganda ng game (at) ng nilaro ng team ko so wala na kong mahihiling pa” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

DLSU Green Shuttlers drop finals opener against defending champions NU Bulldogs

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The Green Shuttlers faced the NU Bulldogs, earlier today at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall in Game One of the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Badminton Finals. The defending champions NU Bulldogs swept the Green Shuttlers, 3-0, as the Taft based squad couldn’t handle NU’s resurgence and eventually lost to the title favorites. NU is one win away from completing a back to back championship.

Gerald Sibayan (DLSU) and Peter Magnaye (NU) suited up for their respective teams in the 1st Singles match. Both players exchanged blows early in the first set, Gerald Sibayan led in the 1st interval, 11-8, but Magnaye keeps on coming back, the latter would then take the lead 18-17 over Sibayan. Gerald Sibayan gave his all but it wasn’t enough to clinch the first set, Magnaye would then finish it with a cross court smash, 23-21 in favor of NU. In the second set, Magnaye dominated and never looked back holding off Sibayan with only eight points, 21-8.

Set scores: 21-23, 8-21

In the second singles match, Green Shuttler Kenneth Monterubio faced NU’s priced rookie Keeyann Gabuelo. With one match down in the Green side, Kenneth showed resilience and took the first set, 21-19. In the second set, Gabuelo fought back and took control all throughout winning it, 21-14 to force a deciding set. Momentum on NU side, Gabuelo capitalizing and controlling the lead, and Monterubio’s service errors proved to be costly as Gabuelo would then seal the set, 21-19 to put NU up 2 matches to none.

Set scores: 21-19, 14-21, 19-21

Backs against the wall for the Green and White squad, Anton Cayanan and Gerald Sibayan would then face NU’s Senior Peter Magnaye and Sophomore Alvin Morada. NU and DLSU showed lead changes throughout but eventually pulled away late in the set taking it, 21-18. The second set for the Green Shuttlers would be a blistering start leading, 4-0 but that would then be the only lead by La Salle in the entire set as NU showed their championship form leaving DLSU behind, 14-21 to end the set, match and team ties.

Set scores: 18-21, 14-21 For DLSU Green Shuttlers head coach, he just hopes that his players would fight until the end and enjoy the game. They know that they are facing a powerhouse NU team, they would like to give a fight. “Gusto ko lang lumaban sila, ienjoy yung game. Alam naman natin na powerhouse yung NU. Paguusapan namin yung next game at sana makapanalo kami, at magandang laban.”

Support the DLSU Green Shuttlers once again this coming Saturday, 8am in Game 2 of the UAAP 78 Men’s Badminton Finals, still at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

DLSU Green Shuttlers sweep rivals Ateneo to set finals rematch against NU Bulldogs

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Same situation from last season, no need to use the twice-to-beat advantage, as the Green Shuttlers swept rivals Ateneo to gain a spot in the Finals once again, and face defending champions and thrice-to-beat NU Bulldogs.

Unlike in the elimination round when all five games have to be played, the playoffs institute a race to three affair.

Green Shuttler Anton Cayanan went up against Ateneo’s Carlo Remo in the first singles match, both went head-to-head in the first set as it went to a deuce and Cayanan lost his grip, dropping the set 22-24. Anton Cayanan then proved to be better, as he retaliated in the 2nd set winning with a huge lead 21-11. In the 3rd and deciding game, Cayanan was on fire, emotions also coming out for both players as lead changes were evident in the entire set until it reached the 19-19 mark, Cayanan then finished the match smashing it to Remo for the 21st point.

Anton shared what was on his mind after losing the 1st set, “Actually sayang kasi dikitan, akala ko makukuha ko na, pero sinabi ko lang babawi lang ako at babawi, alam ko kaya ko naman. Sanay naman ako sa may pressure.”

Set scores: 22-24, 21-11, 21-19

Kenneth Monterubio then suited up for the Green Shuttlers in the second singles match and went against Ateneo’s Clarence Filart. Monterubio controlled the pace in the entire first set to grab it, 21-17. Second set was the other way around, Filart dictating and inched closer to level the match, he led 19-15, but the heart of Kenneth Monterubio was indomitable, he started a comeback and scored five straight points to reach match point, 20-19, Filart then forced a deuce, both players going at it, but Monterubio prevailed after all, sealing the match, 24-22 to give La Salle a two-game advantage to none.

Set scores: 21-17, 24-22

The Sibayan-Cayanan tandem then finished off Ateneo’s Bernardo and Remo in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16. Gerald and Anton led all the way until the end, they never looked back as the National Team players’ experience and teamwork propelled and sealed the match and the game as well. Gerald Sibayan and Anton Cayanan shared their thoughts after the game. “nagtulungan lang kami, confident din kami. Nung lamang na kami, at nung nakita na namin medyo wala na ang kalaban, di na kami lumingon.”

Set scores: 21-16, 21-16

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will next face the defending champions NU Bulldogs.

Tentative Date: Game 1 of the Finals will be Tomorrow, 8am, still at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.