UAAP Season 75 host National University marked its first ever badminton championship after dethroning Ateneo de Manila University in the conclusion of the men’s badminton competition last September 12 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
Most Valuable Player Philip Joper Escuelta saved the NU shuttlers when he outwitted Blue Eagle Justin Natividad in the third singles, 21-5 and 21-6, of the game 3 of the Finals.
” Sobrang saya. Dapat last year pa namin ito nakuha. Number one din kami sa eliminations, then natalo kami sa Finals ,” said Escuelta, also the country’s number two top player.
Escuelta, now on his third playing year, remained calm and more alert as he bridged a gap with J. Natividad.
“Pressure pero enjoy the game. Iniisip ko lang mag focus,” Escuelta disclosed.
The Eagles bowed down to the Bulldogs as J. Natividad faced struggles on the last set. Ateneo fell to a 2-3 mark on its previous two Finals outings and needed only two more wins to retain its title in the league.
ADMU settled second best as De La Salle University finished off third. Archers Carlos Cayanan and Ken Monterubio bagged this year’s Rookie of the Year award and Most Improved Player award, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Ateneo Women’s Badminton sealed this season with their second UAAP crown after defeating the Far Eastern University on September 9.
The Loyola-based Shuttlers also secured the major awards when Lady Eagles Gelita Castilo and Jana de Vera took home the MVP and ROY award, respectively.
Kim Mayono of FEU, on the other hand, was named Most Improved Player in the ladies tournament.
This was published at CampusPaper.net: