UP raps NU to keeps perfect slate, closes in on Finals spot in UAAP badminton

Reigning champion University of the Philippines turned back National University, 4-1 on Sunday to move to move closer to securing the first Finals spot in the UAAP Season 80 women’s badminton tournament.

The Lady Maroons extended their winning streak to five behind reigning MVP Poca Alcala and Mary Ann Marañon, who won their singles matches at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. 

The doubles pairs also shone as Marañon and Lea Inlayo, along with Alcala and Jessie Francisco swept the Lady Bulldogs.

UP guns for a sweep of its six elimination round ties against Adamson University at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the same Malate venue.

In other ties, De La Salle bested Ateneo, 4-1 to clinch its second Final Four berth while University of the East prevailed over University of Santo Tomas, 3-2, to end its season on a positive note.

The Lady Archers rose to 4-1, while the Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs fell at 3-2, a game ahead of the 2-3 Lady Falcons.

The Lady Warriors concluded their season at 1-5, while the Tigresses remained without a win to show in five ties.