University of the Philippines swept all its games to rule the inaugural Philippine Intercollegiate Badminton Championships at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court in Quezon City.
The Fighting Maroons were led by senior student and Antipolo City resident Eleanor Inlayo.
Other players included Kervin Llanes, Enzo Rivera, Anthea Gonzales, Paul Gonzales, Michael Clemente, Susmita Ramos, Janelle Andres, Althea Fuentespina and Jason Vanzuela.
“Since marami po kaming freshies medyo nag-aadjust pa kami. Pero hindi naman tumitigil ng support sila Tito Conrado (UP team manager). Happy po kami na after two years tuluy-tuloy pa rin po kami,” Inlayo said.
The team had to cram before the tournament and had just two weeks to practice. The tournament though will serve them in good stead for the coming UAAP Badminton tournament which starts October 27.
“Makakatulong po talaga to sa campaign namin (sa UAAP) para maging mas confident kami ‘pagdating ng Season 85. Mas nabigyan kami ng boost and pride going into the season,” Inlayo said.
The Fighting Maroons received a championship trophy, gold medals for every player, rackets, and P50,000 cash prize.
San Beda took home the silver and the P20,000 cash prize. Ateneo and PUP shared the bronze along with P10,000 each.
The tournament was organized by the Philippine Badminton Association, powered by SMART Communications, and supported by the MVP Sports Foundation, Ducksports, Young, and Apacs.
The coaching staff included head coach Melvin Llanes, doubles coaches Andreii Castro Babad, Peter Gabriel Magnaye and Robert Pineda as well as singles coaches Carl Kristian Clemente and Justin Tercias.