MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) regained its place at the top of UAAP lawn tennis after completing a golden double in Season 81 on Saturday at the Colegio de San Agustin courts in City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The Bulldogs reclaimed the men’s throne with a 3-1 conquest of Ateneo de Manila University, to annex their fifth crown overall.
Completing a successful comeback after missing last year’s competition, NU achieved a golden double it last accomplished in 2016, as the Lady Bulldogs earlier also won the crown.
Jeric Accion and Justine Prulla provided the clincher for the Bulldogs, scoring a 6-3, 6-1 win over Julian Dayrit and Bong Gonzales in the second doubles.
Tournament MVP Wilson Oblea prevailed over Gab Tiamson 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in the opening singles, while Rookie of the Year winner Rucel Cero and AJ Alejandre rallied past Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 (8) in the first doubles to give NU the needed cushion.
The Blue Eagles’ lone victory in the deciding tie came from Marcen Gonzales, who outlasted Allen Manlangit, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, in the second singles.
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