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.

UAAP team preview: DLSU Green Shuttlers

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“Hindi magiging madali, pero lahat naman pinaghihirapan.” –Coach Owen Lopez

The Green Shuttlers had an impressive run last season but just fell short in the Finals against the undefeated National University (NU) Bulldogs.

LOOKING BACK

Green Shuttlers’ return to the finals last season was one the best streaks they had. They proved that if they really want to get something, they should work for it and they did. Finishing the elimination round in second place with a 6-1 win-loss record highlighting their five game winning streak that was halted by powerhouse NU Bulldogs. They worked hard to reach the top four once again as their team captain said, “basically and target lang namin is to get on the top four palagi, yun yung goal namin.” After reaching the top of the standings, the Green Shuttlers faced rivals Ateneo in the stepladder semifinals with a twice-to-beat advantage, but there was no need to use it as they swept the defending champions 3-0. They next faced the NU Bulldogs who has been unscathed and held a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals. The Green Shuttlers were then swept and denied of another title by indomitable Bulldogs.

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Talking on last year’s flaws, Team Captain EJ Boac mentioned that they lacked dedication to win the championship because they were overwhelmed by reaching the finals, “Last year siguro, yung kulang namin is yung dedication to win the championship kasi parang na overwhelm kami na umabot kami ng championship.”

New season is coming, stronger teams coming their way, they still believe that they can still finish in the top three and maybe even get that championship, “malakas yung team namin this season, our advantage this year is that we are more intact and especially pinaka maganda, yung recruits namin this year coming from top players ng Philippines. Meron from national team and former national team players.” said the captain.

But for him, the key for them this season would be maturity and team goal, “Siguro ang key namin is maturity and team goal.” They are more dedicated than they used to be before because of the championship that they really wanted, “Ngayon masasabi ko sa team namin is mas dedicated to train hard kasi ang target talaga namin is to win the championship. So basically nagtutulungan kami, wala kaming bakasyon this year eh, after the term last year, dire diretso kami training.”

boac1The team did not have a graduating player last season as the whole core will be up to try and steal that crown this season. Meanwhile, NU’s top player and also the country’s best, Joper Esceuta graduated and is no longer eligible for this year.

Expectations

“Siguro ang ine-expect ko is magkaroon kami ng dedication sa game and i-enjoy lang namin. Yun yung isang key eh. I-enjoy namin and no pressure. Kasi kapag na pressure kami. Dun na mawawala lahat. Mawawala yung pinaghirapan namin sa training.”

A few days before the UAAP, they are now ready and more dedicated to reach the championship. They will face the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on September 19, 10:30am at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. This year’s lineup is composed of EJ Boac, Anton Cayanan, Bee Monterubio, Kenneth Monterubio, Gerald Sibayan, Jerickson Obaob, and rookies Cayel Pajarillo and Andrew Pineda.

 

Around the League: How DLSU teams fared in action-packed UAAP weekend

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Six De La Salle teams took part in scintillating UAAP action over the weekend as mixed results peppered the pursuit for a third straight UAAP General Championship. The basketball teams played a game each against Katipunan foes in the middle of the tournaments’ second round while the Shuttlers each had two games to close out their elimination round. It was opening weekend in beach volleyball with La Salle’s representatives eager to finish stronger this season.

Champions keep on winning

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Both defending champions in UAAP men’s and women’s basketball, DLSU’s basketball teams kept their title retention bids healthy after dismantling the UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Lady Eagles this weekend.

The Green Archers started timidly as defensive lapses kept opponents UP down by only single digits in the first half. They launched a third quarter rally that helped them win comfortably in the end, 86-65. The win places them ahead of the pack together with FEU at 7-2 and sets them up nicely for a solo leadership position should they beat the Tamaraws on Wednesday.

Coach Juno Sauler might want his players to start each game like how the Lady Archers did against Ateneo last Sunday. The reigning women’s titlists held the home team to only two points in the first ten minutes of their match in which they led 14-2 at the Blue Eagle Gym.  This early domination dictated the rhythm of the whole match as the Lady Eagles were no longer able to recover. The game ended with La Salle winning 53-37 en route to their eighth win of the season. The ladies will go after their ninth win in their encounter against UE next Saturday.

Photos of this game can be viewed by clicking the link below:

DLSU vs. UP [08.23.14]

Playoff-bound Shuttlers

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A step-ladder format will take place in both men’s and women’s badminton tournaments as NU and UP swept the corresponding events. Not far behind are DLSU’s Green and Lady Shuttlers, who finished just behind them, still soundly positioned in the hunt for the collegiate badminton prize.

The Green Shuttlers entered the weekend unbeaten in five games but knew their streak was under serious threat in facing NU last Saturday. The Bulldogs, unseated by Ateneo last season, took command as they rabidly shut down La Salle, 5-0. It was La Salle’s first loss in UAAP men’s badminton this season. The loss was taken in a positive manner by the team as they won by the same margin last Sunday against FEU.

As a result, the Green Shuttlers hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the semi-finals with a 6-1 record that enables them to finish in second place. Defending champions Ateneo and UP, the team that knocked La Salle out of the Final Four picture last season, will clash for the right to face the Green Shuttlers.

Last year’s runners-up, the Lady Shuttlers, edged UST and Ateneo with 3-2 score lines to close the elimination round strongly.  A rough start threatened to dampen the ladies’ return to the Finals after losing to FEU and UP in their first three games. Last Sunday’s game went down the wire with rookie Arianne Rivera coming from behind against Ateneo’s veteran shuttler Dia Magno in the deciding third singles’ match.

The result puts the Lady Shuttlers tied in second place with their most recent opponents after ending the elimination round with identical 5-2 win-loss records. A rematch of last year’s finals will decide who stays in second on Wednesday, 1:00 PM at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Courts.

Photos of these games can be viewed by clicking the links below: 

DLSU vs. NU Men’s Badminton [08.23.14]

DLSU vs. FEU Men’s Badmiton [08.24.14]

DLSU vs. ADMU Women’s Badminton [08.24.14]

Spikers start campaign in opposite directions

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Their season only began last Saturday but the Green and Lady Spikers already played thrice inside two days of UAAP beach volleyball. Saturday was not a joyful day for both teams as they suffered losses to Ateneo and UST. Last Sunday, the Lady Spikers went unbeaten in two games after defeating champions Adamson, 21-19, 21-17 and UP, 21-17 ,21-17. On the other hand, their men’s counterparts were set back by a couple of stinging losses to FEU 12-21, 10-21 and UP, 14-21,19-21.

Action will resume on Wednesday with the Lady Spikers taking on NU and the Green Spikers gettiing two chances to book an elusive first win against Adamson and UST.

Overall, the performance of DLSU’s teams in the UAAP this season soundly starts the defense of the UAAP General Championship. Although early to tell still, the current showing of the six teams in action looks to motivate the other La Salle varsity teams while undergoing preparations for their upcoming UAAP tournaments.

Photos of these games can be viewed by clicking the links below:

DLSU vs. UST Beach Volleyball Women [08.23.14]

DLSU vs. ADMU Beach Volleyball Men [08.23.14]

Undefeated Green Shuttlers reign supreme over UST

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The Green Shuttlers marched on to their fifth straight victory by destroying UST, 5-0, in the UAAP Men’s badminton tournament at the PSC badminton hall earlier today.

Shuttler Gerald Sibayan made a strong opening game demolishing UST’s John Yabut in two sets, 21-14 and 21-18.  In the second singles match, John Monterubio continued the streak for La Salle outclassing Alacaed Sabanal in two fast sets, 21-8 and 21-15.

DLSU duo Anton Cayanan and Gerald Sibayan then outplayed UST pair John Reyes and Paul Pantig in the first men’s doubles.  Cayanan and Sibayan took the first set, 21-14, but Reyes and Pantig staged an incredible comeback in the second set outscoring DLSU by seven 14-21.  With the score tied, Cayanan and Sibayan showed composure in the deciding match for the first men’s doubles.  The Shuttler combo outplayed UST in the third set, 21-15.

The second doubles match featured Kenneth and Prince Monterubio of DLSU and Patrique Magnaye and John Sotea of UST.  The Monterubio brothers prevailed over Magnaye and Sotea in the first set of the game, 21-19.  In the second set, Magnaye and Sotea crushed the Monterubio siblings, 21-16.  The Shuttler pair showcased outstanding teamwork and agility to dominate Magnaye and Sotea in the final set, not letting them score double digits, 21-9.

Green Shuttlers’ team captain EJ Boac sealed a shutout for La Salle by outlasting UST’s Paul Pantig.  Boac grabbed the first set, 21-18, but lost the second set to Pantig.  In the third set Boac’s powerful moves and smashes battered Pantig providing DLSU a 5-0 sweep against the Growling Tigers.

Coach Owen Lopez of the Green Shuttlers pointed out the things that his team needs to maintain in order to keep their clean record “Consistency, yun yung una kong sinasabi sa kanila.  Kailangan consistent sila and at the same time yung willingness to win nila pagdating sa court.  Yan dapat ang iniisip nila sa court.”

They will look to spread the glorious run to six on Saturday, 9:00 AM against NU.

Resilient Green Shuttlers edge reigning champions Ateneo

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“We want to take the first two games but we also made sure that our finishing games are competitive too,” remarked Shuttlers Coach Owen Lopez after his players scored a 3-2 win against UAAP 76 badminton champions Ateneo earlier at the PSC Badminton Hall in Manila.

The comeback started after Gerald Sibayan and Anton Cayanan denied Ateneo an early conclusion of their series. The pair defeated Justin Natividad and Carlo Remo to make the series 2-1, in favour of Ateneo.

Monterubio brothers Kenneth and Prince then made sure that the earlier pair’s efforts will not go to waste. They defeated Pawee Natividad and Theo Co to level the series into the last game.

Cayanan then picked up the pace as he dismantled Remo in the final match, earning a huge victory against fellow contenders.

Early on, Sibayan and Monterubio individually suffered tough losses to the Natividads. As a result, they had to climb a tough path to get something from today’s series.

Cayanan, the deciding game’s victor, felt pleased about the team’s performance. He shared that Ateneo is better than them in singles’ games but worse in doubles’. After recalling last year’s misfortune in the same time, Cayanan knew that he had to do better and prepare smarter for it. He also thanked captain EJ Boac for giving him a chance to play the last game of the series, which turned out to be a game changer.

Lopez remains hopeful of the team’s chances of returning to the playoffs. He added, “I keep on telling them that if we want to get something, we have to work hard for it.” Right now, all the hard work is paying off.

The Green Shuttlers will target their third win versus UE on Wednesday, 9am at the same venue.

Badminton captains: leading the shuttlers to glory

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Danica Peligrino and EJ Boac, captains of De La Salle University’s badminton teams, have one goal for this coming UAAP Season 77 and that is to lead their teams in capturing their respective championships.

Rough past

Last UAAP Season 76 was a tough one for the Green Shuttlers as the men’s team was poised to make it to the finals but only managed to finish 5th.  For 18-year old captain EJ Boac, their team did not lack individual determination, but what they lacked was unity, “In the previous season, our team was good but we lacked unity and our mindsets varied.”

As for the women’s team, they were able to exceed expectations. The Lady Shuttlers were able to make it to the championships but fell in the hands of arch rival Ateneo. Even with her team’s strong performance, 4th year player and team captain Danica Peligrino still had mixed emotions about last season, “Nag expect kami na magchachampion yung men’s team namin but nagkabaligtad, kami yung nakapasok sa championship. Masaya kami but at the same time malungkot kasi yung goal namin is both men’s and women’s team ang papasok sa championships.” (We expected our men’s team to win the championship but we were the ones who made it to the championships. We’re happy but at the same time sad cause our goal was to have both our men and women’s teams in the championships).

Moving forward and leading their teams

As to what needs to be changed for them to have a better performance this coming season, EJ said that his team needs to have “a unified way of goal setting and goal reaching”. Although EJ feels the pressure of being the team captain, he does his part by instilling discipline to his teammates and by always encouraging them to attend their training sessions.

As for Danica, she feels that what her team needs to have is a strong heart, “Strong heart na kahit anong mangyari lalaban at lalaban para sa DLSU, sa family at friends namin and most especially para sa coach namin and sa OSD” (Strong heart that no matter what happens we will fight for DLSU, our families and friends and most specially our coach and the OSD).

Expectations

As for their chances of winning the UAAP Season 77 badminton championship, EJ thinks that this coming season will be tough for every UAAP team but he feels that his team can win as long as they take every chance and drop every fear. The Green Shuttler’s captain is also hoping that the badminton team can contribute to DLSU’s quest to winning another general championship.

When asked if she thinks her team has a good chance of taking it all the way this year, Danica answered emphatically with, “Yes! Definitely”.

It’s time

The UAAP Season 77 badminton games will begin on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall, as the DLSU Green Shuttlers face Adamson University at 9am while the DLSU Lady Shuttlers battle Far Eastern University at 1pm.