The coaching staff of the Far Eastern University decided to line-up just 5 shuttlers for the day against their rivals University of the East. The five-strong lineup of Michai Dei Duquilla, Thea Marie Pomar, Hannah Tudtud and Maridel Rivera would be enough to do the job as the team would only give-up one match to keep the 4th spot over the UST Golden Shuttlers.
Women’s Singles Match 1: Michai Dei Duqilla (FEU) def. Rochelle Andres (UE); 2:0
FEU 1 – 0 UE
Michai Dei Duqilla would route Rochelle Andres in the first game. It was highlighted by a 9 point rally by Duqilla to finish the game 21-11 in just under 10 minutes. The 2nd set would need advantage points as Andres would rally back from 18 to 16 hole to tie the match at 20 and at 21. Duqilla however would not allow Andres a 3rd set with a net return by Andres to give Duqilla the match 23 – 21.
Aggregate Score: Duqilla 42 – Andres 32
Total Match Time: 25 mins
Women’s Singles Match 2: Thea Marie Pomar (FEU) def. Heidi Rosal (UE); 2:0
FEU 2 – 0 UE
Thea Pomar would storm out of the bench to blast Heidi Rosal in the first game of this match with a routing at 21-11. Finally able to get her footing, Heidi Rosal would bounce back in the 2nd game. Rosal, having the lead at 19-14, would have a cold run by letting Pomar tie things up at 19. Rosal would win the set with a sharp return and a low drop 22-20. The deciding set would turn the tides of this series. It would either give UE a tie or FEU an imposing 2-0 lead. Rosal however would fall to a 9-2 hole in the early part of the 3rd set. She would not be able to rally back and fall to Thea Pomar 21-9.
Aggregate Score: Pomar 62 – Rosal 42
Total Match Time: 35 mins
Women’s Doubles Match 1: Thea Pomar and Hannah Tudtud (FEU) def. Rochelle Andres and Kimverly Gatpolintan (UE); 2:0
FEU 3 – 0 UE (FEU wins)
The tandem of Pomar and Tudtud would storm to a 12-4 lead right-off the bat in the first 5 minutes of the 1st game. The UE pair would never recover as they would fall to the FEU tandem 21-11. The 2nd game would be the same as Thea Pomar and Hannah Tudtud would have an 11 to 6 lead, then a game-high 18-8 lead afterwards. The lady shuttlers from Morayta would win the game in another 21-11 blowout.
Aggregate Score: Pomar (22) and Tudtud (20) 42 – Andres (9) and Gatpolintan (13) 22
Total Match Time: 25 mins
Women’s Doubles Match 2: Heidi Rosal and Lyra Rosal (UE) def. Maridel Rivera and Michai del Duquilla (FEU); 2:1
FEU 3 – 1 UE (FEU wins)
The Rosal sisters, the best doubles pairing in the UE team, would survive a 1st game loss to bounce back and win the next two to give FEU its only loss in the series. The Rosals would be dominated by the tandem of Maridel Rivera and Michai del Duquilla in the 1st game by scoring only 10 points. Rivera and Duquilla would take the 1st game 21-10. The 2nd game would be a close encounter with no team gaining any sort of momentum all trough-out. They would trade point for point with the Rosal tandem only breaking away in the late-stages of the set winning 21-19. The deciding set would be a game of runs with the game going to advatage points. With the game tied at 20, Heidi Rosal would not let her team lose, scoring the games last 2 points to give the UE squad a match win at 22-20.
Aggregate Score: H. Rosal (24) L. Rosal (29) 53 – Rivera (26) Duquilla (34) 60
Total Match Time: 40 mins
Women’s Singles Match 3: Hannah Tudtud (FEU) def. Kimverly Gatpolintan (UE); 2:0
FEU 4 – 1 UE (FEU wins)
Hannah Tudtud, knowing that every match and every game matters in this tournament format, would play as if they were the one down in the series. She would beat Kimverly Gatpolintan 21-7 in the 1st set. The 2nd game saw Gatpolintan take an early lead but Tudtud would find her footing once more to sweep the match with a score of 21-16.
Aggregate Score: Tudtud 42 – Gatpolintan 23
Total Match Time: 30 mins
Total Games Won: FEU 9 – UE 3