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Tiger Shuttlers dominate UE, surrender to UP

The UST Tiger Shuttlers took split wins after defeating the UE Lady Warriors, but succumbing to the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 81 badminton tournament last Saturday.

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Shuttlers took split wins after defeating the University of the East Lady Warriors, but succumbing to the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 81 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall Saturday.

The Female Shuttlers crushed the Lady Warriors, 5-0, while the Male Shuttlers bowed down to the Fighting Maroons, 2-3.

“Sa men’s, sayang eh. Sayang, may nakita sana kaming butas, bumitaw lang yung player. Pero yung laro nila, medyo nag i-improve naman, lumalabas na yung pagiging tigre nila, yung pangil nila, pero kulang pa. At least hindi kami basta basta nagpatalo,” UST assistant coach Chona Medina told TomasinoWeb.

“Sa women’s naman, maganda yung game, na 5-0 namin. At least hindi na kami huli, so one step at a time,” she added.

UST managed to notch a win after John Paul Yabut defeated Kyle Legaspi in the second singles event, 21-10, 16-21, 21-17.

John Henrick Peralta also overpowered UP’s Michael Clemente at the last singles event, 21-16, 21-23, 22-20, but UP grabbed the first singles and both doubles events, leaving UST with a 2-3 win.

The Female Shuttlers swept all matches, after Laville Laborte of UE sustained an injury from a bad fall and forfeited the second doubles and third singles events where she played.

The Female Shuttlers will next face the De La Salle University on Sunday, Sept. 30, while the Male Shuttlers will face the University of the East on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the same venue.

“So next game sa La Salle, pipilitin naming maka 3-2,” Medina quipped.

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Tiger Shuttlers revamp, eye Final Four finish

After finishing at the bottom last season, the Female Shuttlers had to reboot their entire roster to increase their chances of getting into the Final Four in this year’s UAAP Badminton Tournament.

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After finishing at the bottom last season, the Female Shuttlers had to reboot their entire roster to increase their chances of getting into the Final Four in this year’s UAAP Badminton Tournament.

Meanwhile, the Male Shuttlers, who successfully reached the semifinals last season after a five-year drought under previous head coach Noli Cajefe, aim to at least retain their place in the game if not win the championship.

In his second year calling the shots for the Tiger Shuttlers, UST head coach R-Jay Ormilla explained to TomasinoWeb that changes in the athletes’ trainings had to be done, in terms of adding more tune-up games for exposure.

“In terms of drill naman sa court—court drills and court endurance. Hindi kami nag focus sa physical aspects ng bata pero more on sa badminton aspect sa mismong court kasi magkaiba yun eh,” Ormilla added.

He made no promises for the Thomasian community, but assured that they will give their best to reach their goals.

“Kung sakaling ma-achieve na namin yun, dun namin titignan kung anong susunod.”

Witness the Tiger Shuttlers and their new-look women’s team at the opening of their UAAP campaign against De La Salle University on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Rizal Badminton Hall.

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