THE NATIONAL University Lady Bulldogs grabbed their fourth straight UAAP women’s lawn tennis title with a 3-0 demolition of the UST Lady Tennisters to cap off their flawless Season 79 run at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Sunday.
NU, which had a twice-to-beat advantage going into the finals, only needed one meeting to keep its tennis dynasty going.
Graduating star Christine Patrimonio set the tone for the Lady Bulldogs with a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Precian Rivera before NU duo Jzash Canja and Junnalyn Polito made quick work of UST’s Shymae Gitalan and Eb-Eb Caorte, 6-2, 6-0.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Clarice Patrimonio completed NU’s four-peat following a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lady Tennister Erika Manduriao.
“In general, [I was satisfied with how our season went] pero pagdating dito sa last game, kinain sila ng pressure. Tinanong ko sila kanina, umamin silang napressure sila sa crowd at sa [paglalaro sa] finals,” UST coach Dennis Sta. Cruz told the Varsitarian.
Despite losing in the finals for the fourth straight season, Sta. Cruz remains optimistic about next year’s chances with only April Santos and Lenelyn Milo exhausting their UAAP playing years.
“Nandyan pa rin ang mga sophomores and mga third year [natin]. Tingin ko next year, makukuha natin ang championship,” he said.