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Hungry Tigresses make statement in win over UE



The UST Tigresses made a huge statement to open their UAAP Season 78 campaign, as the shuttlers from Espana swept the UE Lady Warriors Saturday afternoon.

Steffi Aquino pulled past Heide Rosal to get the first game for the Tigresses. The Thomasian started the match with the lead at 12–8. After the break, Rosal then got her game together to get to first game win, 21–18. In the next two games, Aquino rose again to an early lead. Fortunately for the Thomasian faithfuls, the Tigress powered through and fended off the challenge of UE to take the games, and the match, on similar 21–15 score lines.

Airish Macalinao followed it up with a straight-games win over Lyra Rosal in the second singles match. After a tight start, Macalinao raised to a 9-point lead, 14–5. UST did not let Lyra Rosal gain momentum, and closed the game, 21–13. The Tigress overpowered UE in the next frame, and led by as much as 10, 13–3. Back-to-back points from the Lady Warrior proved to be her last hurrah, as Macalinao finished the match off, 21–5.

Kristine Gaspar and Ann Pimentel clinched the win for UST after routing UE’s Pamela Fernandez and Erycka Labay in the first doubles match. Pimentel and Gaspar pulled away early in the first game, 11–7. The Thomasians continued to show their mettle and overpowered their way to getting the game, 21–10. As if the rousing end of the first frame was not enough, UST mounted a 6–0 run to start the following canto. Gaspar and Pimentel used this advantange to close out the match, 21–12.

In the second doubles, the powerful duo of Aquino and veteran Patricia Barredo routed the Rosal sisters, Lyra and Heide, to get UST’s fourth win of the day. UST got the lead going into the break of the first game, 11–7. Aquino and Barredo then pulled away after the ceasefire and wrestled the game, 21–11. It was the same story in the following frame. After a 12–6 lead, UST answered any UE point to end the match, 21–14.

Barredo then overpowered Labay in the final singles match to complete the sweep for the Tigresses. Similar to what happened in the previous doubles match, Labay kept the scores close, before Aquino took the game. UST secured the first game, 21–11. Barredo finished off Labay in the following frame with a more convincing 21–9 victory.


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