NU, Ateneo close in on Final 4 spots in UAAP men’s badminton

Reigning champion National University and Ateneo moved closer to clinching their respective Final Four berths after easily beating their opponents on Friday in the UAAP Season 80 men’s badminton tournament.

The Bulldogs tallied a 5-0 romp of Adamson University, while the Blue Eagles hacked out a 4-1 decision over University of the East.

NU and Ateneo improved to 3-0 with the two teams out dispute the first semifinals berth at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rizal Memorial.  University of the Philippines nipped University of Santo Tomas, 3-2 in the other tie to join De La Salle at third place at 2-1.

Women’s titleholder UP and Ateneo, meanwhile, primed up for their Finals rematch on Saturday after overwhelming separate foes to move within a win of securing a place in the Final Four.

The Poca Alcala-led Lady Maroons trimmed UE, 4-1, while Lady Eagles, starring Bianca Carlos, conquered Adamson University, 4-1.

De La Salle blanked UST, 5-0, to improve at 2-1 and tie idle NU in third place.       

The Bulldogs’ Alvin Morada defeated Kevin Fabros, 21-9, 21-18, Keeyan Gabuelo bested Johnrick Macabenta, 23-25, 21-9, and Mike Minuluan turned back Marf Concha to sweep the singles matches.

Completing the shutout win are NU’s doubles pairs of Minuluan and Christian Cuyno, a 21-14, 21-11 winner over Concha and Joshua Antonio, and Morada and Alem Palmares, who toppled Fabros and Macabenta, 21-16, 21-19.

The Eagles’ drew victories from Carlo Remo, who tripped Joseph Manlalangit, 21-10, 21-10, in the first singles, and Clarence Filart, who downed Benjamin Silva, 21-8, 21-10, in the second singles.

Also emerging victorious are Ateneo’s Remo and Keoni Asuncion, who topped Robert Barreto and Clarence Camacho, 21-16, 21-15, in the first doubles, and Filart and Tomas Alfonso Fernandez, who subdued Manlalangit and John Kenneth Cruz, 21-16, 21-15, in the second doubles.

The only loss for the Eagles came from Sean Chan, who bowed to Angelo Joaquin David, 20-22, 16-21, in the third singles.

The Red Warriors and the Growling Tigers fell at 1-3, while the Falcons remained winless in four ties.