Maanne Ilagan Lopez

PCU ends up 6th in NCAA tennis

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

PCU ends up 6th in NCAA tennis

After encountering line-up troubles, the Philippine Christian University (PCU) lawn tennis team finished sixth in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) lawn tennis tournament last February 1 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Court.

The team ranked sixth in the single elimination round after losing to San Beda College (SBC) in the final day of elimination. College of Saint Benilde (CSB), San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R), Letran College (LC) and SBC made it to final four. The Blazers are guaranteed a twice to beat advantage in the final four after ending on top of the single elimination round.

“Mahina yung line-up ngayon, pero masmahina yung team (Our present line-up is weak, but the team is weaker),” said new head coach Roel Licayan, referring to this year’s team composed of three rookies and a sophomore.

Sophomore Beltran Maribojoc remarked that their last year was much stronger. “Malakas yung team nun. Nandu si Ricardo Solon, ako at si coach Licayan (Our team was strong before, we have Ricardo Solo, me and coach Licayan).” Last year, PCU ended third overall in the tennis standings.

Licayan, former assistant coach and player for the PCU varsity team, took over after Chiemil Mantua stepped down before the beginning of the season. Moreover, veteran Solon left the team leaving Maribojoc as the only experienced player this season.

Beltran said the team’s line-up problem is more on the doucles. “Ako, pwede ako maglaro sa first and second singles. Ang problema kasi nananalo sa singles pero talo sa doubles (I can play on the first and second singles. The problem is we win the singles match, but lose on the doubles.)”

A win against SBC would have put the Dolphins into the final four, with a playoff series to follow. However, the PCU squad lost in the doubles match and the second singles match, 2-1, to the more relaxed Red Lions.

Despite the result of the tournament, Licayan has high hopes for the next season. “Ne year may chance na tayo mag-champion kasi may mga dadating na players galling probinsya (Next year we’ll have a chance to be the champion because we’ll have additional players from the province).”

Maanne Lopez


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