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.


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.


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.

Third Time’s the Charm: Lady Shuttlers oust Lady Eagles; advance to Finals

Photo by: Tim Nolasco

The DLSU Lady Shuttlers finally knocked out their Ateneo counterparts in five thrilling matches, 3-2, in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Badminton Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts, Saturday.

After bowing out for two straight years even with the twice-to-beat advantage against the Lady Eagles, La Salle changed the outcome this season and broke the ADMU curse.

It was a rough start as Sevilla lost two quick sets, 12-21 and 10-2, to the then-undefeated Bianca Carlos. But as they say – START STRONG, FINISH STRONGER.

Arianne Rivera bounced back and got the first win for the Taft squad as she dispatched Ateneo’s captain, Cassie Lim in three frames, 21-14, 19-21, and 21-16.

The first doubles was a tussle between the pair of Isay Leonardo and the comebacking Nicole Albo against Geva de Vera and Trixie Malibiran. They quickly finished the match to put La Salle one win away from clinching a spot in the finals, 21-13, 21-16.

The pressure-packed second doubles was a tough match for La Salle as the duo of Sevilla and Tercias bowed to their Atenean counterparts, 9-21, 21-18, and 21-12.

With the score knotted at 2-all, the comebacking Nicole Albo made quick work of Atenean senior Trixie Malibiran to book a seat for La Salle in the finals, 21-12, 21-13.

It was the first time in three years that La Salle was able to find the solution to the Lady Eagle’s dominance over them in the final four phase of the tournament. Coach Owen was pleased that finally, his team was able to get over the final four nightmare that was Ateneo. He added that it was a coincidence that during the previous seasons, they were defeated on his birthday. But this year, the lost fell on Ateneo coach Kennie Asuncion’s birthday.

“Masaya. Masayang-masaya. Siyempre iba yung Rivalry ng La Salle at Ateneo. Sabi ko nga na dapat matibay ang singles namin”, Coach Lopez said, “Sabi ko sa kanila, matibay ang Ateneo, dapat mas matibay tayo”.

Catch the Lady Shuttlers battle against the UP Lady Maroons in the Finals tomorrow, 1PM, still at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts.

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


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.



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.



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.



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.


Lady Shuttlers outduel Lady Tigresses for second straight win


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


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.

UAAP Season 79 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Shuttlers


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.


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.

DLSU Lady Shuttlers slide to 3rd after losing to rivals


The DLSU Lady Shuttlers finish 3rd place in this season’s badminton tournament. Coming off from yesterday’s defeat, the DLSU Lady Shuttlers failed to dispatch the momentum of the Ateneo De Manila in the second round match up in semifinal’s of UAAP 78 Women’s Badminton earlier today, 1-3. The games were held at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Singles Division

Starting the first game in the singles division, Arianne Rivera of DLSU managed to trample Cassie Lim of Ateneo. Lim scored the first rally by a net error. In the middle of the first set, the Lady Shuttler had the advantage. 10-9 since the opponent missed the short service of Rivera. An excellent pending trick gave the DLSU a 3-point lead, and then finished the rally with 21-18. Continuing the spirit to the 2nd set, Rivera started with a 2-point lead against Lim. Ateneo’s spirit is prevalent as they catch up to a 5-5 score tie in the tally. However, with sequential outside error by Rivera, the opponent was not able to take the lead against DLSU. 11-14 is the score, the Ateneo rival was seen to lose her power after she missed the front drop shot, Rivera then capped off the first win, 21-11.

The first victory was then followed by another singles division game, between DLSU’s Iyah Sevilla and ADMU’s Bianca Carlos. The hapless Lady Shuttler was not able to take any chance of lead against the veteran Bianca Carlos in the entire first set, finished by a 9-point lead, 21-12. The rookie player of DLSU, Sevilla tried to revive her play during the second set. She tried to counter Carlos’ strength by a missed front drop shot, 6-6 both score in the tally. Resurgent counter attack of 4 points by the opponent gave the opponent an advantage. Despite of Sevilla’s lapse to escape, she tried to give an excellent battle in a continuous great rally with Carlos, 13-16, then ending the end of the singles division with 15-21.

Doubles Division

The dynamic tandem of DLSU, Team Captain Kristelle Salatan and Aires Montilla, matched the beast Geva De Vera and Janel Dihiansan tandem. The two opposing universities scored alternately during the first rallies. After the half, the Ateneo duo lost their momentum, 17-12, giving the Lady Shuttlers a boost to finish strong, 20-13. A 3-point lead in favor of DLSU marked the first rally of the second set, closing a tie with a net error by Salatan. The Atenean combo slowly dispatched the DLSU’s deadly duo after the interval, owning the second set with a missed lob shot, 18-21. During the do-or-die 3rd set, the Lady Shuttlers dominated the paint, not until the 14-17, Ateneo turned the table which they had seven points of strong sequential counter attacks, sealing the last match in favor of the opponent, 17-21.

Trying to show resilience, DLSU Lady Shuttlers Isay Leonardo and Nicole Albo defeated Bianca Carlos and Cassandra Lim in the first set, 21-13. The DLSU duo trounced a 4-point head start in the second set, and then followed by a resurgent comeback, 9-13, in favor of Ateneo after the interval. The Taft-based duo showed resilience as they strike a 3 points in order closing the fight, but their best was not enough to dispatch their duo counterpart, 19-21.

The season may not be in favor of De La Salle University, but Coach Owen strongly commended his team for putting up an excellent match against the Ateneo University. Collaborating with all the members, the lineup for today’s game was well planned by the coaches. He also mentioned the heart of the rookie players will eventually outlast until the next season. With their superb rookies, the future continues to be bright for the DLSU Lady Shuttlers.

Down but not out: Lady Shuttlers fall to Ateneo 1-3


The DLSU Lady Shuttlers fall to Ateneo at their first round matchup in the semifinals. Since the Lady Shuttlers have the twice-to-beat advantage, they will once again face Ateneo in order to advance to the finals. The matches were held at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall last October 10. The players who competed were Arianne Rivera, Iyah Sevilla, Kristelle Salatan, Isay Leonardo, Nicole Albo, and Aires Montilla

First Singles Match
The round between DLSU and ADMU started with a singles match of Arianne Rivera (DLSU) and Bianca Carlos (ADMU). Bianca Carlos stared scorching hot against Arianne Rivera. Prior to the match, the DLSU Green Shuttlers swept Ateneo in their semifinal. The pressure was then put on Rivera to continue the momentum for DLSU. However, Carlos came with a vengeance and played flawlessly. Rivera gave her best efforts to fend off her opponent but couldn’t stand her ground. Rivera would then drop the first match for DLSU. The match ended in only two sets. With that, Ateneo took the first match point, 0-1. Set scores: 15-21 and 13-21.

Second Singles Match
The next match was another singles match between Iyah Sevilla of DLSU and Cassie Lim of ADMU. Iyah Sevilla posed as a threat towards Cassie Lim during her match. Sevilla and Lim had a tight first set. Lim narrowly escaped Sevilla during that set. However, Sevilla was then able to dominate Lim on the second set. The Lady Shuttler showcased quick smashes and a rather energetic match. She continued her dominance against Lim in the third set and sealed the match. The match ended in three sets. This gave DLSU their match point, 1-1. Set scores: 19-21, 21-13, and 21-13.

First Doubles Match
The match that followed was a doubles match between Kristelle Salatan and Isay Leonardo of DLSU and Janel Dihiansan and Geva De Vera of ADMU. The Salatan-Leonardo DLSU duo and Dihiansan-De Vera Ateneo combo featured a fast-paced matchup. During the first match, both Salatan and Leonardo had made unforced errors. With that, Dihiansan and De Vera were able to take advantage and take the early lead. However, during the set point, the DLSU duo forced a deuce against the Katipunan-based squad. Nevertheless, Dihiansan and De Vera were able to escape from Salatan and Leonardo’s clutches in the end of the first set. On the next set, the Lady Shuttlers couldn’t keep up with the early boost of Ateneo. This gave Ateneo the early lead; they then finished strong in the last set. Dihiansan and De Vera sealed the second set and gave their team the second win. DLSU trailed behind with the match points 1-2 in favor of ADMU. The match only lasted for two sets. Set Scores: 20-22 and 18-21.

Second Doubles Match
The next match was another doubles between Aires Montilla and Nicole Albo of DLSU and Bianca Carlos and Cassie Lim of ADMU. The DLSU duo had jitters during their first set. They couldn’t assert their presence in the court against their counterparts. Montilla and Albo couldn’t keep up with Carlos and Lim’s constant smashes. The second set featured a more pumped up Montilla and Albo. They were able get the early lead and tried to end the game. However, Carlos and Lim of Ateneo were able to come from behind after forcing a deuce. Ateneo was then able to steal the win and give them their round-winning match point, 1-3. The match only lasted for two sets. Set Scores: 8-21 and 22-24.

The day may have ended in disappointment but Coach Owen Lopez tried to cheer his team up. He believes that they should look closely at what happened in today’s match and learn from it. They need to act quickly because their next matchup would be coming really soon. With the twice-to-beat advantage, the DLSU Lady Shuttlers will continue their matchup against ADMU. The Lady Shuttlers are looking to avenge today’s loss and hopefully make it to the finals.

Lady Shuttlers deliver the crushing blow to FEU, 4-1

The DLSU Lady Shuttlers dominate the FEU Lady Tamaraws in their matchup. The Taft-based squad won four matches against FEU. With that, DLSU improves their record to 5-1 in the tournament. The matches were held at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall last October 4. The Lady Shuttlers that competed in this round were Arianne Rivera, Iyah Sevilla, Kristelle Salatan, Isay Leonardo, Nicole Albo, and Aires Montilla.

Rivera vs Pomar
Lady Shuttler Arianne Rivera went face-to-face with Lady Tamaraw Thea Pomar. Rivera looked pump to begin today’s round with a big win. Arianne Rivera would then sweep Thea Pomar in the first singles match. Both players displayed stellar performances, which was showcased in long rallies. Rivera controlled the match by leading by as much as four points. Set scores, 21-17 and 21-16.

Sevilla vs Duquilla
Up next was the second singles match between Iyah Sevilla of DLSU and Michal Duquilla of FEU. During the matchup, Duquilla appeared faster and stronger than Sevilla. Though she gave her best efforts, Iyah Sevilla struggled to find her rhythm as she succumbed to Michal Duquila. Duquilla took advantage of Sevilla’s errors to gain a commanding lead in the first set. On the second set, Sevilla found her rhythm but it was too late as she could not force a deuce in the final moments of the match. Set scores: 11-21 & 19-21.

Salatan-Leonardo vs Pomar-Tudtud
The first doubles game was between the DLSU duo of Kristelle Salatan and Isay Leonardo and the FEU duo of Thea Pomar and Hanah Tudtud. The Green and White duo fell short on the first set. The Salatan and Leonardo connection tried too hard on the first set which resulted to unforced errors. However, Kristelle Salatan and Isay Leonardo made a huge comeback on the second and third set of the match. Leonardo kept her cool throughout the match, while Salatan blew off steam on the second set. Both Lady Shuttlers found their flow on the second set and everything clicked. This made FEU suffer as Leonardo and Salatan dictated the game with a series of smashes. This left FEU scowling in defense. Set scores: 16-21, 21-13, and 21-17.

Albo-Montilla vs Rivera-Duquilla
Nicole Albo and Aires Montilla of DLSU went against Maridel Rivera and Michal Duquilla of FEU in the second doubles match. It took only two sets for the Albo and Montilla combo to take out the FEU duo. It was an all-out offensive game for both teams during the first set. DLSU couldn’t find the necessary “spark” to completely dictate the first set. With that, FEU took advantage of DLSU’s first set jitters. The Lady Shuttler duo narrowly escaped the FEU combo on the first set. The second set was then decided after the Taft-based duo gained a double-digit lead. With an exhausted Rivera and Duquilla duo, Albo and Montilla rose to the occasion and went straight for the win. Set scores 21-19 and 21-10. This win gave DLSU three match points to win the whole round.

Albo vs Tudtud
Nicole Albo of DLSU then faced Hanah Tudtud of FEU in the last match. Albo was experiencing back spasms but decided to play through the pain. Even with the slight injury, she continued to give Tudtud a huge problem on defense. Albo was still deadly on offense with here lightning quick smashes. This put Tudtud at a disadvantage. Nicole Albo would then take the easy win for that match. Set scores: 21-18 and 21-15.

The round then ended with DLSU having four match points over FEU’s one match point. With this win, the Lady Shuttlers improve their record to 5-1. They still hold the second spot are looking to carry all this momentum straight to the finals.