The De La Salle University Lady Paddlers, like their counter parts, the DLSU Green Paddlers stood at the top of the standings in the end of the 1st round of the Table Tennis eliminations last September 13-14, 2014 at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym.
DLSU vs AdU (1-0)
The Lady Paddlers started the round against the Adamson Lady Falcons. The Lady Paddlers started on good footing behind Lariba’s 3-0 1st match win. With the 1-0 match record, DLSU’s 2nd player, Gamila would continue DLSU’s winning ways, defeating her opponent, 3-2. The combo of Galera and Talento would start slow and lose the 1st set, but eventually gain their footing and finished with a 3-2 record.
DLSU vs FEU (2-0)
Gamila started against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, strong, getting the wins during the first two sets of her match, FEU however would rally and grab the 3rd and 4th set. The 5th set was a melee, wherein both players would continuously score against each other. In the end, it was DLSU’s Gamila who would win, 14-12. J. Lariba would cruise against her opponent, 3-1 in the second match. The same thing would happen in the lone doubles competition, where DLSU’s tandem of Galera and Talento wins, 3-1.
DLSU vs ADMU (3-0)
The Taft based squad would sweep their rivals,the Ateneo de Manila Lady Paddlers. Lariba and Co, both singles competitors, breezed through their counterparts from Katipunan, listing 3-0 for DLSU. The doubles competition however, went down the wire. Galera and Talento would grab the first two sets, while dropping the third and fourth. During the final set the pair would close out strong and record the “W”for the Lady Paddlers.
DLSU vs UP (3-1)
Like their male counterparts, the Lady Paddlers tasted defeat on the second day. The last had them go against the defending champions, University of the Philippines Lady Maroons. DLSU did not go down without a fight though. DLSU’s I. Co would lose to UP’s R. Morales in a close, 2-3. Lariba avenged Co’s loss by defeating UP’s L. Maderal, 3-2. DLSU would succumb to a UP rally led by the doubles pair of B.Magpantay and R.Ching. It would be last year’s rookie of the year, Joma Sibal of UP, would win in the deciding match, 3-2. DLSU lose, 1-3.
DLSU vs UST (4-1)
After the loss, the Lady Paddlers would rally and end the day with on a high note, shutting out the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses. Gamilla’s impressive outing continued with a come from behind win against UST’s Lupeba, 3-2. The second match would feature DLSU’s J.Sy going head-to-head with UST’s Nacasabog and win in convincing fashion, 3-0. Although DLSU lost the double competition, Lariba stepped up, beating UST’s Apas in a gruelling 5-set match, 3-2.
DLSU vs NU (5-1)
Coming from a 3-1 win over UST, DLSU would now face the hungry, National University Lady Bulldogs. D. Gamilla, the perennial starting singles competitor, struggled, dropping her 1st two sets. She would bounce back and win, scoring 11-7, 11-7, and 11-6 in the 3rd, 4th and 5th sets respectively. Lariba, like the lady paddler before her, struggled at the beginning of her match, losing the 1st set, 7-11 and bounce back strong dominating the next three sets, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-1. With a 2-0 lead, the doubles pair followed Lariba’s strong outing, sweeping their opponents, 3-0
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