MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) shut the door on University of the Philippines (UP), 4-1, to tow Ateneo de Manila University to the finals of the UAAP Season 80 lawn tennis tournament on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
The Lady Eagles could have advanced early in the day, but were beaten by De La Salle University, 3-2, in the morning tie.
UST's victory over UP, however, formalized the Lady Eagles' entry to the dinals. The Tigresses remain unbeaten in five ties, while Ateneo now has a 3-2 win-loss record.
The Tigresses, last season's runners-up, will secure a twice-to-beat edge in the championship tie if they beat the Lady Eagles in the final day of the elimination round on Sunday.
However, a victory by Ateneo over UST will make the finals a best-of-three affair.
The Lady Maroons and the Lady Netters fell at 1-4 and will face off for third place at 12 noon on Sunday.
In the men's division, defending champion University of the East (UE) remained undefeated in seven ties as it trounced UP, 4-1.
The Red Warriors go for the twice-to-beat incentive against the Blue Eagles in a finals preview at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Ateneo, which has a 5-2 record, is eyeing for a victory to make the championship tie a best-of-three showdown.
La Salle turned back UST, 3-2, to secure third place, ending its men's division stint with a 4-4 slate.
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