MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) drubbed Far Eastern University (FEU), 4-1, to complete a seven-game sweep and advance to the championship of the UAAP Season 77 women's badminton competition Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The Lady Maroons, the third-placers last season, will have a thrice-to-beat advantage against the survivor of the step-ladder semi-finals.
Paolo Bernardo and Mary Ann Maranon provided the victories for UP in singles play, while the tandems of Maria Elisha Ongcuangco and Jessie Francisco, and Marina Caculitan and Maranon won their respective doubles matches, paving their way for a Finals stint.
De La Salle University, meanwhile, forged a playoff with defending champion Ateneo for the No. 2 seed in the step-ladder semi-finals by beating their rivals, 3-2.
The doubles tandems of Kristelle Dawn Salatan and Aires Amor Montilla, and Alyssa Isabel Leonardo and Danica San Ignacio delivered the clincher for the Lady Archers, tying the Lady Eagles in second place at 5-2.
La Salle and Ateneo will play again at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with the winner assured of a twice-to-beat edge in the second step-ladder match.
University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, avoided an early vacation by beating the already-eliminated University of the East, 3-2.
The Tigresses tied the Lady Tamaraws at fourth place with 4-3 records, and the two teams will clash in a do-or-die showdown Tuesday to determine the No. 4 seed
The winner of the sudden death tie will face the loser of the Ateneo-La Salle playoff in the first stepladder match.