UAAP badminton: NU men’s team carves out another perfect season for ‘5-peat’

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Posted at Oct 12 2018 04:30 PM

National University blew past University of the Philippines 3-0 to claim the men's championship in UAAP Season 81 badminton on Friday, the Bulldogs' fifth title in a row and sixth in the past seven seasons. Handout

National University blew past University of the Philippines in a 3-0 victory to claim the men's championship in UAAP Season 81 badminton on Friday.

The Bulldogs, who nipped the Fighting Maroons, 3-2, in last Wednesday's finals opener, completed their fifth straight perfect season, extending their streak to 43 ties dating back to 2014.

"Maganda ang team bonding din namin. This is my final playing year so itinodo ko na para makuha ko 'yung goal na five-peat. Ang panalong ito ay para sa National University," said Mike Minuluan, one of the five graduating players who claimed the season MVP honors.

"Tulungan lang. Teamwork lang."

The Bulldogs have won six titles overall in the past seven seasons.

Ros Lee Pedrosa carved out a 21-17, 21-14 win over JM Bernardo in the opening singles pairing, before Minuluan bested Michael Clemente 21-12, 21-14 in second singles to put NU ahead.

Alvin Morada and Alem Palmares then sealed the title for the Bulldogs by prevailing over Betong Pineda and Harvey Tungul 21-15, 21-17 in the first doubles.

Among the graduating NU standouts are Morada and Pedrosa, who previous MVP winners.

Kyle Legaspi, who carried UP to its second straight finals appearance by winning the deciding singles in their step-ladder duel with Ateneo, was named the top rookie.

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