Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

News

Bulldogs escape Fighting Maroons to revive title defense bid

You can never undervalue the determination of a team with nothing to lose — but you also cannot underestimate the heart of a champion.

At the end of another classic in their budding rivalry, the reigning UAAP men’s tennis titleholders National University Bulldogs needed an epic comeback to upend two-time Finals opponents University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 3-2, Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

The Bustillos side opened the day as Kiko Alcantara and Allen Manlangit dominated Auden Paduganan and Gabriel Guttierez in two sets, 6-3, 6-0, in the first doubles match.

Kyle Joseph took the first set of the opening singles match for the Maroons at 7-5 over Macky Latorre.

The third-year Joshua Cano edged out AJ Alejandre in the first set of their second singles match at 7-5, before dominating the second at 6-1 to put the tie at one match apiece.

Mimo Tomacruz and Elijah Arevalo then wrested the advantage for the Season 76 and 78 runners-up, coming up with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 win over Jigo Peña and Justine Prulla.

That turned out to be the last win for the Maroons as after almost three hours of play in court 1, Latorre overcame Joseph at 7-6, 7-5 in the next two sets.

Returning player Arc Dolorito then fended off two set points from rookie Joel Atienza to take the third singles match and the tie after two tiebreaks.

The win resuscitated the four-time champions’ bid to keep their title. Head coach Karl Santamaria shared, “I have to give the credit to the players. They never gave up and kept fighting even when we fell behind. They want one more shot at the championship.”

“Our chances may be small, but as we saw today, they’ll fight for whatever chance they have,” the champion mentor stressed.

Santamaria also offered some compliment to the Maroons. “Even though they have been eliminated, they showed great fighting hearts up to the last point. It was a great tie, and both teams deserved to win today,” he ended.

#ReadMore  Bernardino produces near quadruple-double as NU goes one win shy of sweep

The Bulldogs (4-4) will take on the also-ran Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles (3-6) on Sunday, March 12 at 2pm. Earlier that day, Guttierez will try to lead the Fighting Maroons (1-8) to a win one last time when they face the De La Salle University Green Tennisters (4-5) at 11am.

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like

ADMU

Story by: Justin Valencia University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University and lately, National University have been the hotbed of taekwondo talents in...

Basketball

Ben Mbala’s short yet dominant UAAP stint with De La Salle University was full of highlight-worthy plays. One big example? The thunderous one-handed alley-oop...

ADMU

Ben Mbala will always be a Lasallian at heart.  The cager from Cameroon said as much when he bid goodbye to De La Salle...

ADMU

Jia Morado is one of the best setters in the local scene, dishing out assists from left and right whenever she sees action. And...

ADMU

It took more than a day in total hours over three ties in the Finals, but in the end, the top-seeded National University emerged...

ADMU

After suffering cramps that forced him to retire in the first tie of the Finals, Ateneo De Manila University Men’s Tennis team rookie Gab...

News

The defending UAAP men’s tennis champions University of the East Red Warriors showed no signs of letting up. Despite a huge challenge by the...

ADMU

The Ateneo de Manila University men’s tennis team has been on the outside looking in in recent years. Saturday morning, the Blue Eagles finally...

Advertisement