MANILA, Philippines – Defending champion University of Santo Tomas (UST) and rival National University (NU) kept their slates perfect in the penultimate day of the first round of the UAAP Season 82 men's table tennis tournament, Wednesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Alvin Sevilla pulled through in both of his matches in the day, before the duo of Mcleen Dizon and Prince Garcia completed the 3-0 sweeps for the Tiger Paddlers against both University of the East (UE) and Ateneo de Manila University.
The second-year Sevilla stopped UE's Sandro Cortez in that tight third set to win the second singles match. He then took down Ateneo's Mark Parman with a relatively easier three-setter in the afternoon.
NU, likewise, stayed unbeaten in six ties with victories over Ateneo and De La Salle University.
Romualdo Ramiro closed out the tie against Blue Eagle Jose De Asis in three sets after a 13-11 opening frame in the morning. The tandem of Harold Celeridad and Franz Mogol then took down La Salle's Christian Crisostomo and Daniel Ocon in four later that afternoon.
Adamson University took wins in both of their assignments despite needing to clinch the deciding singles matches. The Soaring Falcons outlasted University of the Philippines (UP) and UE to end the day at an even 3-3 record, tied with La Salle and UE.
The Green Paddlers and the Fighting Maroons each bagged a victory against Far Eastern University (FEU) in similar 3-2 score lines to close out the day.
In the women's division, La Salle took care of Adamson and UE to close in on a sweep of the first round.
The Lady Paddlers leaned on Rein Teodoro, who was pivotal in both victories. The rookie flexed her muscle against Adamson's Nicole Dave in straight sets in the crucial second singles match, before opening the rout of UE with a similar three-setter over Athens Saldua.
Standing in La Salle's way is defending champion UST, which bounced back big with two victories in the day, both in dominant 3-0 sweeps over NU and Adamson.
Ateneo, on the other hand, continued its impressive run after bagging two 3-1 wins over FEU and UP.
The Lady Tigress Paddlers and the Lady Eagles both sit in second place with identical 5-1 win-loss records.
The Lady Tamaraws and the Lady Red Warriors both split their assignments of Day 3 to stay tied in fourth spot with 3-2 records. FEU took down NU at 3-1, while UE stunned UP with a 3-0 sweep.
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