MANILA, Philippines — National University (NU) outlasted
University of the Philippines (UP), 3-2, to move closer to a
fifth consecutive title in UAAP men’s badminton on Wednesday at
the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The Fighting Maroons gave the Bulldogs all they can handle in
the rematch of last year’s finals, but still yielded in the
opener of the best-of-3 championship series in UAAP Season 81.
JM Bernardo fashioned a 21-16, 21-14 conquest of Ros Lee
Pedrosa in the opening singles to put UP ahead, before NU
leveled with Mike Minuluan scoring a 21-15, 21-8 win over
rookie Kyle Legaspi.
After the Bulldogs took the upperhand via Alvin Morada and Alem
Palmares’ 21-11, 21-14 victory over Betong Pineda and Harvey
Tungul in the first doubles, the Maroons sent the tie to a
decider, as Bernardo and Vinci Manuel prevailed over Minuluan
and Pedrosa, 21-17, 21-19, in the second doubles.
Morada, the reigning MVP, pulled off a 21-15, 21-14 win over
Michael Clemente in the deciding singles to seal the deal for
NU, which extended its winning run to 42 ties.
The Bulldogs, seeking their sixth title overall in the last
seven years, go for the jugular on Friday at 8 a.m., still at
the same venue.
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