UAAP badminton: Ateneo women sweep UP to return to the summit

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Posted at Oct 12 2018 07:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2018 07:57 PM

Ateneo capped a Cinderella run by winning its fourth women's title — and first in five years — with a 3-0 conquest of University of the Philippines in UAAP badminton at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall on Friday. Handout

Ateneo capped a Cinderella run by winning its fourth women's title overall — and first in five years — with a 3-0 conquest of University of the Philippines in UAAP badminton at Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall on Friday.

Chanelle Lunod took 79 minutes to beat Poca Alcala 21-19, 14-21, 21-16 in the first singles before the Lady Eagles got the needed buffer after Samantha Ramos rallied from a set down to top Jessie Francisco 16-21, 21-17, 21-16 in the second singles.

Lunod and Geva de Vera, named co-tournament MVPs, dominated Leah Inlayo and Mary Ann Marañon, 21-13, 21-8, in the first doubles to seal the deal for Ateneo.

In the finals opener, the Lady Eagles stunned the Lady Maroons, 3-2.

Before sweeping top-ranked UP, Ateneo overcame a twice-to-beat handicap against National University in the semifinals to make it to the title series after missing the bus last year.

Prior to winning the title, the Lady Eagles last ruled in 2013 behind rookie-MVP Jana de Vera, Geva's sister.

Sarah Joy Barredo of NU was named top rookie.

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