by Kristel Satumbaga
National University (NU) blanked University of Santo Tomas (UST), 3-0, and completed a four-peat in the UAAP women’s tennis tournament yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Clarice Patrimonio, who was later adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP), dominated Erika Manduriao, 6-1, 6-3, in the second singles to underscore the Lady Bulldogs’ massive victory.
“We just focused on our game,” said Patrimonio, who bagged her second MVP title in three years.
Graduating Christine Patrimonio was equally impressive as she coasted to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Precian Rivera, even as the pair of Jzash Canja and Apoul Polito whipped Shymae Guitaran and Manduriao, 6-2, 6-0, to seal the win.
Now the second winningest team behind La Salle’s seven, NU has won 24 straight titles dating back from February, 2015.
The championship was a great sendoff for five graduating NU players.
“I told them to make it count, make it memorable,” said NU coach Karl Santamaria.
Meanwhile, Ateneo’s Nicole Amistad took home the Rookie of the Year honors.