The defending UAAP women’s tennis champions National University are stamping their class this early.
The Lady Bulldogs completed the first round sweep after routing the De La Salle University Lady Tennisters, 4-1, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
National team mainstay Clarice Patrimonio fended off Chang Atangan in the first singles match in two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
Elder sister and reigning Most Valuable player Tin Patrimonio then finished off Jenni Dizon with a similar score line.
The titleholders also pocketed the two doubles matches, sealing the sweep in the process. Rookie Annie Tumanda and senior Goldie Nagret took the first doubles match, 6-3, 6-3, over Jed Aquino and Princess Castillo. On their part, Apol Polito and Ana Bienes blanked Kiana Gacias and Kylla Orillosa in two frames as well 6-0, 6-0.
Rachelle De Guzman prevented a complete sweep as she took the second singles match against Jzash Canja, 7-5, 6-1.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-0) will resume their battle in the second round, Saturday, March 4. On their part, the Lady Archers (0-3) will take on the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles (0-3) in their abandoned tie, Wednesday, March 1.