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UP’s 2nd round slump still good enough to put them in playoff contention

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After having proven themselves one of the top contenders for the crown this season after registering a 6-1 record in the first round, the University of the Philippines paddlers close the second round on a rather disappointing note, coming up with a sub-
par 3-4 record.

UP vs UE (1-0)

UP’s Duot would falter against UE’s Ramos in the first match 1-3, but the Maroons would bag the next three matches to take home the victory, with de Jesus, partners Eludo and Cacao, and Borja prevailing in their respective assignments.

UP vs FEU (1-1)

The 9am assignment would prove to be a shocker for first round favorites UP. UP paddlers de Jesus, Chua, and doubles tandem Eludo and Cacao would all suffer defeat at the hands of their opponents from Morayta, 2-3, 2-3, and 1-3.

UP vs. ADMU (2-1)

Looking to bounce back from the previous game’s upset, the paddlers in Maroon and White would finally get back their edge, routing Katipunan Avenue neighbors Ateneo, 3-1. The first match would go to Ateneo’s Uy, but the next three matches would all go to the Maroons, with Borja, the duo of Eludo and Cacao, and Chua prevailing in their respective assignments.

UP vs NU (2-2)

The Iskolars ng Bayan were in for another shock. Up against National U in the afternoon, Maroons Borja and Chua would falter in the opening assignments against NU’s Misal and Manuel. The duo of Eludo and Cacao would manage to bag the doubles match, and Jefferson de Jesus would manage to take the fourth match to force the deadlock. However, NU’s closer Carracoso would manage to pull through in the fifth set, outlasting UP’s Victorio in a grueling five-set encounter.

UP vs AdU (3-2)

The Maroons would finally pull through once more, edging the Adamson paddlers, in three sets. De Jesus, Borja, and partners Eludo and Lamayan would all rout their opponents in the first three matches, with identical 3-1 scores to bag UP’s third match victory of the day.

UP vs. UST (3-3)

The afternoon however would not be too kind to the Maroons. UP’s Chua would be routed by UST’s Enriquez in five sets in opening match. De Jesus would manage to bounce back for UP, prevailing over Adolfo Bazar in four sets. But the next two matches would both end up as victories for the squad from Espana, with Thomasians, Alberto Bazar and Pantoja routing Eludo and Lamayan in the doubles match and Ablanque prevailing over UP’s Victorio in the fourth match.

UP vs DLSU (3-4)

The Maroons would find themselves in another tough spot, facing the defending champions La Salle. And true enough; the Archers would manage to rout the Maroons in the first three sets, 3-0, 3-0, and 3-1.

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