Ateneo carved out a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over De La Salle to claim the last Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 80 men’s badminton playoff on Saturday.
The Blue Eagles turned to the doubles pair of Carlo Remo and Keoni Asuncion and deciding singles player Clarence Filart to survive. Ateneo’s win ended La Salle’s season.
Up next for Ateneo is the first step-ladder semis duel with No. 3 University of Santo Tomas at 8 a.m. today at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
Remo and Asuncion bested Prince Monterubio and Michael Saragena, 21-18, 19-21, 21-18, in the second doubles for the Eagles to level the tie at two apiece.
Filart delivered the clincher for Ateneo with a 14-21, 21-15, 21-17 victory over Andrew Pineda.
De La Salle won two of the first three matches, as Glenn Camillo defeated Remo, 21-17, 21-18, in the second singles and Cayel Pajarillo and Jerrickson Oba-ob prevailed in the first doubles over Filart and Miguel Paña, 21-16, 21-10, for the Taft-based shuttlers to grab the upper hand before crumbling.
Asuncion, last season’s top rookie, put the Eagles ahead by winning the opening singles over Pajarillo, 21-16, 21-11.
Defending champion National University made it to the title round outright after winning all of its six elimination round ties.