Three-peat! NU Bulldogs win third straight UAAP Men’s Badminton tournament crown
National University Bulldogs smashers completed a historic three-peat in UAAP men’s badminton tournament after sweeping the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Saturday, October 15.
Bulldogs smashers recorded a 3-0 win over the Blue Eagles to sweep the best-of-three finals series that also extend their winning run to 27 ties, the first one dating back from 2014.
In the first singles, Bulldogs shuttlers Keeyan Gabuelo whipped Blue Eagle Carlo Remo, 21-18 and 21-17.
Season 79 MVP Leeward Pedrosa then delivered a superb performance for the Bulldogs after defeating rookie Keoni Asuncion, 21-13 and 21-10 in the second singles.
In the doubles pair, Mike Minuluan and Alem Palmares joined forces to totally dominate Hanz Bernardo and Jan Mangubat, 21-17 and 21-19.
The Bulldogs were simply too much for the Blue Eagles that the Katipunan-based squad failed to replicate their four-game winning streak heading to the finals.
NU Coach Jaime Llanes is beyond ecstatic in the recent and rare feat by the Bulldogs squad.
“I am very happy sa three-peat ng team and sa performance nila. Talagang ‘di sila nagbigay sa kalaban ng chance na makabalik pa and they really want the crown talaga.” Coach Llanes shared.
He also commended the team’s teamwork that according to him is the main reason why they were able to achieve the third straight championship title.
“I can really see their teamwork sa training. Kasi dati ‘di sila magkasabay mag-train. This time i made sure that mag-bond sila as a team.” Coach Llanes said.
This is NU Bulldogs shuttlers fourth championship overall in the last five season.