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UST Tennisters takes fourth straight at Lady Maroons’ expense

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Tiebreaker Times UST Tennisters takes fourth straight at Lady Maroons' expense News Tennis UAAP UP UST  UST Women's Tennis UP Women's Tennis UAAP Season 79 Women's Tennis UAAP Season 79 Shy Gitalan Nicole Eugenio Linelyn Milo Kendies Malinis Ingrid Gonzales Erika Maduriao April Santos

In an all-important match-up, the University of Santo Tomas have virtually locked in the women’s tennis Finals pairing.

The España-based netters registered a rout of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 4-1, and took their fifth win of the season, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

The Diliman side suffered a setback early on, as senior Monika Bañez fainted due to intense heat during the warm-up prior to the tie.

UST’s Erika Manduriao shook off shaky starts to upend Alexis Borela in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, and take the second singles match. This happened as Nicole Eugenio took advantage of Precian Rivera’s sloppy play to win the first set at 6-2.

Ingrid Gonzales and Shy Gitalan then disposed of Monica Cortez and Denise Jimenez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, in the first doubles match. Cortez also incurred a slight injury in the first set, but recovered to play on. Nonetheless, the Tomasinas closed out the match.

Rivera bounced back to take the second set of the match at 6-4. However, Eugenio swept the last three games of the deciding third at 7-5 to put UP on the scoreboard.

The Tigresses eventually clinched the tie after April Santos and Lenelyn Milo overcame a feisty duo of Monivic Santos and Dana Uy in two tight sets, 6-4, 7-5, in the second doubles match.

Kendies Malinis finished the day with a double-bagel drubbing of UP rookie Danielle Carranza.

The Female Tennisters (5-1) will face the defending champions National University Lady Bulldogs (5-0) in a probable preview of the Finals, Wednesday, March 8 at 12pm.

On their part, the Lady Maroons (2-3) will try to sweep the De La Salle University Lady Archers (0-5) to revive their slim hopes for the championship slot earlier that day.

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