Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Trixie Malibiran keeps Ateneo’s season alive

Just like last year, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles extend their campaign after Trixie Malibiran came out with a rousing win over Iyah Sevilla, taking down the De La Salle University Lady Shuttlers at 3-2, Friday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

It was a toss up in the first four matches as Ateneo and La Salle equally split the pairings.

Bianca Carlos remained unstoppable in singles play after waylaying Nicole Albo in just two sets in the first singles match at 21-14, 21-12.

It was a complete opposite of the qualifying round match wherein the returning La Sallian proved to be a tough opponent to the Queen Eagle. In the day’s match, however, Carlos was in cruise control right of the bat.

Arianne Rivera carved a similar win, but for La Salle. The third-year player had to survive Ateneo captain Cassie Lim in the first set at 21-17. Nonetheless, the former zoomed past the latter to equalize the tie at 21-13.

Isay Leonardo and Albo then grabbed the advantage for La Salle. The two national team standouts easily took the first set, but Geva De Vera and Malibiran picked up the pace to take the second at 21-18.

Nonetheless, playing more composed this time, the Lady Archers survived the Ateneo duo and took the third at 21-17.

That was La Salle’s last shot at the target as Ateneo flew high in the next two matches.

Carlos and last year’s top rookie Chanelle Lunod made short work of Iyah Sevilla and Lindsay Tercias in the second doubles match. The Blue and White tandem executed perfectly en route to a 21-11, 21-15 win setting the stage for Malibiran’s heroics.

#ReadMore  Bernadeth Pons doesn't mind ending career without award

The graduating Lady Eagle leaned on her baseline play and swift counters to take the opening set at 22-20 after Sevilla picked a pair of errors. The La Salle junior then made amends and scored on drops to level the match at 21-17.

Malibiran looked to pull away with an 11-4 interval before Sevilla persevered and eventually came to within two of sealing a Finals seat at 19-17.

Instead what happened was sheer determination for Malibiran. An exchange of deuces, hits, and errors marked the tailed of the third, but the senior Lady Eagle prevailed at 23-21 in the decider as she extended her UAAP career and Katipunan-based squad lived to fight another day.

Malibiran and the Lady Eagles will face the Lady Archers once again on Saturday, October 14 at 1pm, for the right to face the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in the Finals.

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

You May Also Like


When the UAAP Season 85 women’s badminton tournament started, then-reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player Chanelle Lunod just wanted the Ateneo de Manila University squad...


Chanelle Lunod steered Ateneo de Manila University for one last time, carrying the Blue Eagles to their third straight UAAP women’s badminton title after...


University of the Philippines booked a return trip to the Finals after a clinical 5-0 rout of University of Santo Tomas on the final...


Ateneo de Manila University secured a return trip to the final after downing National University, 3-2, in day four of the UAAP Season 85...


Chanelle Lunod delivered to keep Ateneo de Manila University’s record in the UAAP Season 85 women’s badminton tournament intact with a 3-2 decision over...


The year has been nothing but good so far for young badminton stalwart Mika De Guzman as she made a mark as soon as...


Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines fashioned differing wins, notching their second straight wins in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Badminton,...


Ateneo de Manila University starts off its bid for a third straight crown with a rousing sweep of Adamson University, 5-0, in the UAAP...