The De La Salle University Lady Shuttlers were able to survive the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, pulling through in the deciding singles match off sophomore Iya Sevilla, 3-2, last Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
After their bounce-back win against UST, the Taft-based squad got their confidence back, getting the second spot of the standings with a 4-1 win-loss record.
Setting the win into motion, Isay Leonardo of La Salle did not let Ateneo’s Samantha Ramos form well inside the court, 21-19, 21-7. The fourth-year La Sallian and her second-year opponent battle neck-and-neck in the first game, before the former stamped her class in the second game.
La Salle might have gotten the first win, but it failed to provoke Arianne Rivera to follow the Leonardo’s win after succumbing to Ateneo’s two-time MVP, Bianca Carlos, 13-21, 18-21.
The veteran duo, Kristelle Salatan and Aires Montilla turned the cards upside down and got the first doubles match against Geva De Vera and Trixie Malibiran, 21-14, 21-18. The long-time duo showed their experience over the Ateneans. Malibiran and De Vera tried to inch closer, but the Lady Green Shuttlers ended it when it counted.
However, Isay Leonardo and Iya Sevilla collapsed inside the court after the duo of Bianca Carlos and Chanelle Lunod loaded them with quick counterattacks, 12-21, 21-19, 17-21. It was a close fight until the Loyola-based ladies converted their aggressiveness into successful drops and smashes.
The result was on the hands of the third singles match, and despite of the jitters, Iyah Sevilla overcame Jana De Vera and put that much awaited cherry on top, 21-12, 22-20.
The sophomore from Taft had her way in the opening game cruising past the returning Ateneo stalwart. The former Rookie of the Year then sprang to life in the following game and threatened to force a deciding frame after leading at 20-18. Sevilla then composed herself and successfully mounted a comeback and sealed the win with a forced error on De Vera.
On September 28, Wednesday at 1pm, the Ateneo Lady Shuttlers will go face-to-face against Adamson, while the second seed, DLSU will go up against the winless UE.
Chot Reyes bares aborted ‘2020 vision’
Caloy Garcia firmly believes Gabe Norwood is destined to coach
Nico Salva, Bong Quinto will never forget Mark Caguioa’s advice to them
Bianca Pagdanganan rises to joint 8th in Marathon Classic
Ateneo commit Yana Bautista, 17, passes away due to COVID-19
At 15, Kielvj stopped school for ML — and has mom’s full support
PVL to stick with ABS-CBN even after non-renewal of franchise
KarlTzy clutch as BREN Esports hailed as MLBB SEA champions
UAAP fetes gen champs, athlete-scholars, honors MVPs, second sem athletes
Chooks-to-Go donates 5,000 pcs of dressed chicken to CESAFI
Barangay Ginebra reunite in SMC HQ, pack PPEs for frontliners
Makati survives Ablaza injury, San Juan to force MPBL North Game Three
- ADMU4 days ago
6-6 Fil-Am Zavier Lucero receives interest from four UAAP schools
- ADMU5 days ago
If not Ateneo, Kat Tolentino would have gone to UST
- Football5 days ago
PFF, PFL to sanction Global-Makati as team fails to settle unpaid wages
- Mixed Martial Arts3 days ago
As ONE rolls out live events, Team Lakay remains ready