MANILA, Philippines – Defending men's champion Ateneo eliminated the University of the Philippines (UP), 3-1, in the first stepladder semi-finals match Saturday in the UAAP Season 77 badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The Blue Eagles will battle twice-to-beat De La Salle University in the second stepladder match on Sunday, with the Green Archers needing to win only once to face the unbeaten National University in the championship round.
The Bulldogs hold the thrice-to-beat edge after sweeping all their seven elimination round matches.
Women titleholder Ateneo beat La Salle, 3-1, in their playoff to clinch the twice-to-beat advantage. The Lady Eagles will face the winner of the first stepladder duel between the Lady Archers and the Far Eastern University (FEU).
FEU had ousted University of Santo Tomas, 3-1, in a sudden death playoff for the last semis berth.