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Tiger Tennisters fend off Fighting Maroons for opening day win

Last season’s finalists University of Santo Tomas Tiger Tennisters drew first blood and edged out the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, to open their UAAP Season 80 campaign, Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

With redemption in mind, the two-time silver medalists from Diliman opened the tie with a dominant win in the first singles match. Team captain and member of the two aforementioned squads Joshua Cano carved out a double-bagel rout (6-0, 6-0) of Laurence Odbina.

On Court One, however, UP sophomore Joel Atienza could not sustain his good start, as Dave Mosqueda ultimately snagged the second singles match for UST. The third-year top singles player for the Thomasians came from behind to level the tie, 7-6(3), 6-3.

UST then proved their strength in the doubles play, as UAAP Season 78 Rookie of the Year Clarence Cabahug and Christian Cabahug teamed up to stop Elijah Arevalo and Mimo Tomacruz in two similar 6-4 sets. It was a nip-and-tuck affair before the Tigers clinched the sets with crucial breaks of serve.

Bernlou Bering and Warren Lagahit then survived the tough challenge of Auden Pagduganan and Vincent Alanis to secure the first victory for the España-based side. After winning the first set at 6-3, the Thomasians had to crawl back in the second frame to turn a 1-3 deficit to a 4-5 one, before eventually surrendering the set at 6-4.

In the third set, the UST pair squandered a 4-1 lead and three match points to the Maroons, before finally taking the match and the tie at 7-5.

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UP co-captain Mikko Ringia prevented a rout as he outlasted Nico Lanzado, 6-7, 6-3, 5-3, as the latter retired in the third set due to suspected sprain.

Tiger skipper Joel Suazo shared his relief that his squad was able to pull of the win despite the adversities. “Marami kaming adjustments eh, like sa surface ng court, sa weather kasi malakas ‘yung hangin, tsaka sa environment. Pero at the end, masaya kami na naka-recover kami [at nagawa ‘yung] adjustment. Maganda ‘yung pinakita ng mga teammates ko.”

The graduating senior, however, hopes that they play with more urgency in Sunday’s tie against the De La Salle University Green Tennisters. “Matuto na kami na ‘yung ginawa namin kahapon, hindi na namin uulitin ‘yung mga errors. Kukunin na namin ng maayos ‘yung palo namin, mag-move na kami ng tama.”

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

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