Defending champion Ateneo began its title defense by dominating La Salle 5-0 in UAAP Season 82 women's badminton in Quezon City on Friday.
Led by captains Chanelle Lunod and Geva De Vera, the Lady Eagles came out on top as the two swept their initial assignments at Centro Atletico Badminton Center
Lunod beat La Salle captain Iyah Sevilla 21-17, 21-16 in the first singles match, before De Vera downed Kanna Baba 21-11, 21-9.
The 2 clinched the tie win in the first doubles match over their singles opponents also in just two games, 21-12, 21-16.
Mika De Guzman was impressive in her UAAP debut after taking down Mia Mangulimdan at 21-9, 21-9, in the second singles match. The rookie then paired up with Geia De Vera to sweep Mangulimdan and Palma Cruz, 21-15, 22-20, in the other doubles match.
"We're coming into this with a clean slate. Parang hindi namin iniisip na nag-champion kami last season. Ang iisipin namin is we're equal to the other teams," Lunod said.
"Basta hindi lang kami nagre-relax kaya siguro ganito 'yung naging outcome nung game today."
Meanwhile, National University beat University of the East 5-0, while University of Santo Tomas topped Adamson 3-2.
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