The DLSU Green Shuttlers failed to continue their momentum as they fell to the NU Bulldogs, 4-1, while the Lady Shuttlers won again as they defeated the ADMU Lady Eagles, 4-1, loss on Sunday, October 1, at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
With the loss, the men’s team’s record dropped to three wins and two losses, while the ladies improved their record to four wins and just one loss as the first round of the competition almost reaches its conclusion.
Green Shuttlers fall to NU Bulldogs
The Green Shuttlers lost in their first match of the day, against NU, with Cayel Pajarillo representing the Green-and-White against Mike Minuluan of the Bulldogs, losing 12-21, 14-21. Glenn Camillo, however, was able to give the team its first win in a close match versus Christian Cuyno. The Lasallian won the first game with a score of 23-21 but was matched by Cuyno, who won 20-22 in the second. Determined to win, Camillo sealed the final game besting the Bulldog through a score of 21-18, giving both teams a win each.
Although they tied it up in the second match, the Green Shuttlers were no longer able to keep their composure as their remaining matches all ended in a loss. Team captain Jerick Obaob paired up with Pajarillo to face Alvin Morada and Alem Palmares, but lost in two quick sets, 12-21, 9-21. The second doubles match of the day was played by Bee Monterubio with his partner Michael Saragena, against Minuluan and Cuyno. The pair struggled to score against the opposing team as they only scored 17 in the first game. The second game was no different as they gave the Bulldogs their third win of the day, 13-21.
The last match for the Green Shuttlers was played by Andrew Pineda who faced Keeyan Gabuelo in a three-game match. Gabuelo was able to win the first game with a score of 13-21 but Pineda won the second game, 21-15. The Green Shuttler, however, was unable to level his skills with Gabuelo’s, scoring only 17 in the third game compared to his opponent’s 21.
Lady Shuttlers silence Blue Eagles
La Salle struggled in its first match, playing in an exhausting three-game match, with Nicole Albo going against Bianca Carlos. The former was able to grab the first game, 21-12, but Carlos was able to bounce back and seal the first match win with second and third game scores of 14-21 and 9-21. Arianne Rivera, however, was able to give the Green-and-White its first victory against the Lady Eagles in another three-game match. Up against Patrisha Malibanan, she lost in the first game, 14-21, but came through in the second game, 21-19. Eventually, Rivera put an end to the match-up, winning the third and final game, 21-14, and tie the score at one match apiece.
The first doubles match was spearheaded by Albo and Alyssa Leonardo, who quickly claimed the first set, 21-15, against NU’s Carlos and Chanelle Lunod. Carlos, though, was able to lead the duo, by contributing 12 points in the second set, grabbing it with a score of 18-21. Her efforts, however, were left wasted as the Taft duo closed the third game with a tight score of 21-19.
The second doubles match was led by the Lady Shuttlers’ Lindsay Tercias, along with Iyah Sevilla, against Malibiran and Geva De Vera. In this one, the team from Katipunan was out of luck against the Lady Shuttlers as the former was defeated in two games, 21-18, 21-19.
The last match-up of the afternoon was won by DLSU’s Sevilla, who defeated Cassandra Lim, 22-20, 21-18, to seal the 4-1 win for the Lady Shuttlers.
After the day, Head Coach Owen Lopez said he looks forward to preparing both teams as they continue to fight for a spot in the semifinals round. The Green Shuttlers will face the UP Fighting Maroons next, while the Lady Shuttlers challenge NU on Thursday, October 5, at the same venue.