ATENEO BLUE EAGLE GYM —The Far Eastern University wound up in 3rd place despite a 5-1 record to end the first round of eliminations of the UAAP Table Tennis Tournament. Better quotient for both De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines, both having a 5-1 record, placed them above FEU.
FEU vs NU (1-0)
The Lady Tamaraws would start their bid for the Table Tennis crown against the National University Lady Bulldogs. The Tams match started on a sour note with the close loss of Talay, 2-3. Finding their footing, the Morayta-based squad won the next three sets in convincing fashion. FEU beat NU, 3-1.
FEU vs AdU (2-0)
Continuing their winning ways, the FEU Lady Tamaraws swept their match-up against Adamson University, 3-0. FEU’s Fadol led the charge for the Lady Tamaraws, sweeping her opponent 3 sets to none. In the second match, Siachua would drop her first two sets, but would comeback and rally to win the next three sets in compelling fashion. The pair of Sellado and Jaro made sure that FEU won by sweeping their competitors.
FEU vs DLSU (2-1)
FEU ended their first round in a sour note with a compelling loss to last year’s first runner-up, the DLSU Lady Paddlers, 0-3.
It was FEU’s only loss during the first round of eliminations.
FEU vs ADMU (3-1)
Unlike the first day of eliminations, The Lady Tams started strong in the second day, cruising against the win-less, Ateneo de Manila University Lady Paddlers, 3-0.
Fadol and Talay, FEU’s singles match representatives dominated their ADMU counterparts, 3-0. The pairing of Soya and Jaro, would drop their should-have-been final set against Ateneo’s doubles pair. The doubles competition would be won by FEU, 3 sets to 1.
FEU vs UP (4-1)
The FEU squad would face the defending champions, University of the Philippines next. Showing their prowess, FEU beat UP, dropping the doubles match only. FEU would hand UP their one-and-only loss for the first round of eliminations.
Fadol drew first blood over UP’s Sibal, winning the first set impressively. The second set would end with a loss. Fadol would then defeat Sibal in the next two sets, giving FEU a 1-0 advantage over UP. Pineda would give FEU a 2-0 cushion, beating UP’s Nishimo. The Tandem of Soya and Jaro fell short for FEU losing 2-3. With a 2-1 advantage, Talay would close out against UP’s Maderal. Talay would drop the first set, 8-11. The second and third set however, would go to Talay, 11-7 and 11-9. With the game on the line, UP would force a 5th and deciding set. The final set would end in favour of the Tamaraws, 11-9. FEU wins 3-1 over UP.
FEU vs UST (5-1)
Coming from a 3-1 win against the defending champions, The Lady Tamaraws cruised their way to an emphatic win against the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigers, 3-0.
Once again, Fadol and Pineda swept their respective opponents. The doubles competition combo of Sellado and Jaro finished off UST with a compelling 3-1 win.