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4:26 pm on 15 November 2022, Tuesday
By: Romeo Braceros Jr.
Photo: Angelo Rosales
National University shuttlers once again dominated the University Athletic Association of the Philippines' men's badminton competition.
The star-studded Bulldogs completed a perfect season (Season 85) for a seven-peat by blanking Ateneo de Manila University, 3-0, in the Finals at the Centro Atletico Badminton Center in Cubao, Quezon City.
This was despite the sport taking a two-year break from the UAAP calendar.
NU dominated the Blue Eagles to earn its sixth straight victory of the year and its 56th consecutive victory in a tie game since 2014.
Veteran national team members Solomon Padiz Jr., and Julius Villabrille won the first doubles match 21-13, 21-10 to give the Bulldogs the victory and the championship.
With a quick victory over Lyrden Laborte in the first singles match (21-13, 21-13), rookie Lanz Zafra gave the Bulldogs the lead sooner.
Ateneo captain, another NU rookie, defeated Arthur Salvado and Mark Anthony Velasco in the second singles match, 21-18, 10-21, 21-14, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Zafra and Bulldogs captain Carlos Padiz Jr. was named the season's co-most valuable players.