Since the ladies of the Blue Shuttlers loss to the UP Lady Shuttlers on opening day, the Ladies from Katipunan have been rolling over their opponents left and right. Led by #1 ranked Bianca Carlos, they would only give-up one doubles match in their series against the Adamson Lady Falcons. With the win and the UST loss, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Shuttlers keep solo 2nd spot.
Women’s Singles Match 1: Maria Bianca Carlos (ADMU) def. Mikaela Aquino (AdU); 2:0
ADMU 1 – 0 AdU
The #1 ranked player in both the women’s open division and the U19 division hardly broke a sweat in her match-up against Mikaela Aquino. Carlos displayed complete court-control in both sets, using set-up lobs and finishing with sharp smashes in her dismantling of Aquino. Moreover, it was her length that proved the biggest difference between the two shuttlers as Carlos would be able to return almost every low drop of Aquino. Bianca Carlos won both sets in just 19 minutes of action with scores of 21-8 and 21-9.
Aggregate Score: Carlos 42 – Aquino 17
Total Match Time: 19 mins
Women’s Singles Match 2: Dia Nicole Magno (ADMU) def. Jean Marie Lucas (AdU); 2:0
ADMU 2 – 0 AdU
Jean Marie Lucas was looking for an upset in her match against the deceivingly athletic shuttler of the Blue Shuttlers Dia Magno. Magno however would overpower Lucas in the first set with strong smash returns that Lucas would not be able to return. The lead of the Lady Eagles would go to as high as 15-6 in the first game leading to a 21-9 win by Magno. The 2nd set would see Magno still use her power leading 11-5 by the 11th point break. The lead would go as high as 19-11. Magno, being two points away from winning the game, could not keep the pace she set and Jean Lucas would slowly come crawling back. Lucas, not willing to just give-up, would score 7 straight points with short drops and erroneous returns from Magno. Magno, however, would manage to score the final two points she needs to win 21-18.
Aggregate Score: Magno 42 – Lucas 27
Total Match Time: 25 mins
Women’s Doubles Match 1: Patrisha Malibiran and Bianca Carlos (ADMU) def. Jean Marie Lucas and Mikaela Aquino (AdU); 2:0
ADMU 3 – 0 AdU (ADMU wins)
Carlos and Malibiran, pacing themselves for the grind of this double’s match, would start slow in this match falling 7-3 in the early goings of the first game. The ladies’pair from Katipunan would storm to an 11-10 lead prior to the 11th point break. After the break, Carlos would be a one-woman team for the Blue Shuttlers returning every return of Lucas and Aquino with smashes and deceiving pendings. Carlos and Malibiran would take the 1st game 21-14. The deciding set for the Blue Shuttlers would see Malibiran take the lead for the Blue Shuttlers as they would blitz to a 14-6 lead over their overmatched opponents. At the 33rd minute of the match, Malibiran would drop an Aquino return to win the game and the match for the Blue Shuttlers 21-12.
Aggregate Score: Malibiran (20) and Carlos (22) 42 – Lucas (12) and Aquino (14) 26
Total Match Time: 33 mins
Women’s Doubles Match 2: Christine Garin and Geilyn Ochoa (AdU) def. Janelle De Vera and Janel Dihiansan (ADMU); 2:0
ADMU 3 – 1 AdU (ADMU wins)
The pairing of Christine Garin and Geilyn Ochoa, lost to the De La Salle Lady Shuttlers team the day before in close sets, they would be in another close encounter this time against the Ateneo Lady Shuttlers. The first game was a back-and-forth contest with the Adamson team being able to break-away when the score was tied at 15-15, scoring 6 of the game’s last 7 points. Garin and Ochoa took the set 21-16. The 2nd set saw Garin and Ochoa storm to an early 13-3 lead over the first-time pairing for Ateneo. De Vera and Dihiansan would make a rally, accounting for 11 of the game’s next 13 points to tie things up at 15. Janel Dihiansan would give ADMU the lead at 18-16 but Christine Garin would tie things-up with a backhand return at 18. The game would go to advantage points after being tied at 20 then 21. It was Geilyn Ochoa who would give the sole match win for the Lady Falcons with a 23-21 win over the young pair from Ateneo.
Aggregate Score: Garin (26) and Ochoa (18) 44 – De Vera (23) and Dihiansan (14) 37
Total Match Time: 35 mins
Women’s Singles Match 3: Cassandra Grace Lim (ADMU) def. Ma. Margarita Villacorta (AdU); 2:0
ADMU 4 – 0 AdU (ADMU wins)
The agile Cassie Lim would score the finishing touches in this series with a blow-out against her opponent Marge Villacorta. In the first set, Lim would completely outclass Villacorta with the lead reaching a match-high 14 points with the score at 20-6. The game would end at 21-9. The 2nd set would be close during the early going. After a 9-1 spurt by Lim, Villacorta would rally back to cut the lead to just 1, 11-10. Lim after the 11th point break would put the finishing touches to the series by scoring 10 of the game’s last 14 points.
Aggregate Score: Lim 42 – Villacorta 23
Total Match Time: 20 mins
Total Games Won: ADMU 8 – 2 AdU