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Ateneo goes 2-0 in women's badminton

By Lorenzo Manguiat Posted Aug 13th 2012

Last year's women's badminton runner-up Ateneo de Manila University improved to 2-0 with a win over the University of Santo Tomas.

Last season's runner-up Ateneo de Manila University demolished University of Santo Tomas, 4-1, to win its second straight game in the UAAP Season 75 women’s badminton tournament yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Complex.

Using its momentum from the victory against Far Eastern University on Saturday, Ateneo sustained its attack to quickly put its Espana-based opponents on the ropes by winning the first two singles games.

“We had a good start on Saturday and I just reminded the girls that we should maintain our pace (against UST)… Wala na kaming masyadong adjustments… I’m happy to see them get rewarded for their hard work,” said Ateneo coach Kennie Asuncion-Robles.

Although Ateneo’s practice was hampered by the heavy monsoon rains that inundated Manila earlier this week, the lack of court time did not show.

Gelita Castillo notched the first win for Ateneo by thumping Thomasian Karen Mae Montilla in straight sets, 21-10 and 21-9.

Atenean Janelle Glorian de Vera had a tougher time in the next game, as UST’s Anna Patricia Barredo won the first set, 14-21. De Vera appeared to surrender Ateneo’s first game against UST as she fell behind, 7-16. She bounced back by uncorking seven straight points to come within 14-16, but Barredo recovered by scoring three of her own.

De Vera completed her rally by outscoring Barredo 9-2 to claim the second set, 23-21. In the final set, de Vera engineered another comeback as she overcame an 11-15 deficit to finish Barredo, 22-20.

Ateneo could have secured the victory in the first doubles match, but Lady Eagles Dia Nicole Magno and Mikee Roxas revived hopes of a UST comeback after losing to Barredo and Karen Mae Montilla,13-21 and 14-21.

Gelita Castillo and Lisa Denise Encarnacion restored order in the second doubles match and secured the win for Ateneo by beating UST’s pair of Maria Lourdes Gaspar and Steffi Denise Aquino, 21-8 and 21-6.

Ateneo’s Magno easily won the last game much thanks to Gaspar, who virtually beat herself by committing numerous errors.

In other games, defending champions University of the East defeated University of the Philippines , 3-2, to bounce back from its opening day loss to De La Salle University, which itself extend its winning streak by walloping Adamson University, 4-1.

By Don Gil Carreon