Photo by Jazrene Gonzales

The opening day of the UAAP Season 82 Table Tennis Tournament witnessed a struggling University of the Philippines (UP) Table Tennis Team as the Maroon Paddlers bow down in their two games putting them in a 0-2 slate while the Lady Paddlers fall into a 1-1 record.

Rough start

Both State U teams opened their season 82 campaign with sorry-losses against the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST), respectively.

The Maroon Paddlers were swept by ADMU, 0-3, as Riley Lim’s late hustle versus Ateneo was unable to secure the first singles game 1-3, while Judah Cagas dropped the next match, 1-3. The tandem of Cagas and Carl Ruelo tried to extend the game but fell short, 2-3.

Meanwhile in the Women’s Division, the defending champions UST Lady Paddlers made quick work of UP’s Fellane Labian, 0-3, MC Capatan, 1-3, and the Pauline Cabrera-Lyra Duro duo,1-3.

Hustle despite struggle

The Lady Paddlers snatched their first win in a tight match against the National University (NU) Lady Paddlers, 3-1. 

Despite Cabrera and Duro losing the doubles match in close fashion, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 5-11, Capatan, Jely Dayrit and Anna Royeca secured their singles matches – all through a decider.

Capatan escaped NU’s Guanco, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, in the first singles match followed by Dayrit’s come-from-behind win versus NU’s Garcia, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6. 

After dropping the doubles match, Royeca bounced back as she sealed the game and defeated NU’s Pacquiao, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7.

However, the Maroon Paddlers still can’t find their rhythm as they squander against the NU Bulldogs.

UP’s Christian Victorio failed to secure his battle, 1-3, as Al Salloman was also defeated, 0-3. The Cagas-Ruelo tandem, again, tried to save the match but was unsuccessful in winning the deciding set, 2-3.

The UP Lady Paddlers will attempt to collect more wins  against DLSU and AdU while the Maroon Paddlers will search for their first win versus UE and UST,  tomorrow at the ADMU Blue Eagles Gym.

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