UAAP Season 85 Tennis: Ateneo opens second round on high note

Ateneo de Manila University opened the second round with another dominant win, sweeping Adamson University, 5-0, to strengthen its grip on second spot in the UAAP Season 85 men’s tennis tournament at the Felicisimo Ampon Tennis Center in Malate, Manila.

Jed Olivares was just in another level to open the tie with a 6-0, 6-0 smothering of Jerald Delos Santos before the duo of JJ Llavore and Mik Balce turned back Ramon Bentillo and Jefrey Burgos in a reversal, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Blue Eagle Nio Tria secured the win with a 6-1, 6-0 beatdown of Soaring Falcon Cateo Jayme in the second singles match to improve Ateneo’s mark to 6-1 while dropping Adamson to 0-7.

Jed Olivarez of Ateneo [UAAP Images]
Jed Olivarez of Ateneo [UAAP Images]

Chester Tiongson and Stef Gurria then had to dig deep to outlast Reymoses Amba and Junel Canal, 6-2, 7-5, before Gab Tiamson finished the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Emmanuel Pedrosa.

National University also scored a 5-0 triumph over University of the Philippines to win its second straight tie at 4-3 while the latter slipped to 2-5.

Bulldog Jules Lazaro needed to weather a strong opposition from Fighting Maroon Janus Ringia in the first set, 7-6, before running away with it in the second, 6-0, in the second singles matchup that sealed the win for NU.

University of the East rounded out the day of sweeps on the men’s side, silencing De La Salle University for a 5-2 record while tripping the Green Tennisters to 1-6.

Red Warriors Stephen Guia and Rastly Baje fell in the second set but were able to fight back in the third against EJ Geluz and Leyton Portin, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, before Marc Suson iced the match in the second singles.

In the women’s side, University of Santo Tomas avenged its first round loss to Ateneo, 4-1, to knot UP at second spot with 3-2 slates.

Patricia Lim followed up on her teammates’ two wins in the first singles and first doubles matches to seal the win against Blue Eagle Gabby Sandejas, 6-1, 6-0.

Ateneo’s second doubles of Mariam Garsin and Melanie Dizon scores its only win in the tie but with the UST victory already in the bag, beating Nicole Bautista and Abby Singcol, 6-0, 6-1.

The Fighting Maroons started the day with a 5-0 romp of winless La Salle.

Rachel Velez fended off Maikee Vicencio in the first singles, 7-6, 6-3 before UP just cruised through the tie.

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