De La Salle University flexed its muscles in a 6-0 sweep of the first round of eliminations in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Table Tennis Tournament, Monday at the Makati Coliseum.
Meanwhile, reigning back-to-back champion University of Santo Tomas also fashioned out a similar 6-0 sweep in the men’s side.
UAAP Season 82 Girls’ Most Valuable Player Angelou Laude paced the Lady Green Paddlers to the spotless record after taking down all of her three assignments in the day. The rookie dominated Mary Jane De Guzman of Adamson University (11-3, 11-2, 11-5), Sophia Fabregar of Ateneo de Manila University (11-6, 11-5, 11-4), and Reshma Bagongon of Far Eastern University (11-3, 11-2, 12-10).
The women’s title holders UST rose to the second spot ahead of Ateneo and FEU, who also tot similar 4-2 records on match ratio. Corrine Cartera denied Jelay Dayrit of University of the Philippines in the third singles to round up the day for the Lady Paddlers of UST with a win, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5.
The Blue Eagles and the Lady Tamaraws completed the top four after the first round.
Senior Tiger Paddler Alvin Sevilla carried his squad over Adamson with a romp of Warren Polido in the deciding singles match, 11-5, 11-9, 13-11. Manny De Leon and Alvin Sanchez then closed out the round for their squad with a sweep of FEU’s Ram Balanquit and Arvin Morales, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8, in the doubles rubber of the said tie.
Ateneo and Adamson shared the second spot on similar 4-2 win-loss records, with Ateneo holding the win-over-the-other advantage for now.
The Blue Eagles absorbed a tight loss against rivals La Salle, 2-3, in their final tie of the first round, while Polido made amends for the Soaring Falcons to a 3-1 rout of University of the East.