National University overpowered University of the Philippines, 4-1 to kick off its four-peat drive in a strong note in the UAAP Season 80 men’s badminton tournament on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
Keeyan Gabuelo leveled the tie for the Bulldogs, winning the second singles over CK Clemente, 21-15, 21-12, right after the Fighting Maroons seized the opening singles courtesy of JM Bernardo, a 24-22, 21-14 winner over Mike Minuluan.
NU then swept its doubles matches, as Alvin Morada and Alem Palmares outlasted Betong Pineda and Bernardo, 21-13, 10-21, 21-15, while Minuluan and Christian Cuyno edged Clemente and Paul Gonzales, 21-18, 15-21, 21-15.
Morada went on to seal the deal for the Bulldogs with a 21-18, 23-25, 21-14 conquest of Vinci Manuel in the third singles.
NU, which tied idle Ateneo in second place, stretched its winning run to 28 ties dating back to 2014.
In other ties, De La Salle overwhelmed Adamson University, 5-0 to grab the solo lead at 2-0, while University of Santo Tomas prevailed over University of the East, 4-1, to join UP at 1-1.