Ateneo handed National University its first loss in the men’s division with a 4-1 victory Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 lawn tennis tournament at the Colegio de San Agustin courts in City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The Bulldogs though remained at the top of the standings with a 9-1 record, while the Blue Eagles, who have won six consecutive ties, rose to 8-2.
Not far behind is University of Santo Tomas, which scored a 4-1 win over Adamson University to keep its twice-to-beat bonus bid alive with a 7-3 card.
University of the Philippines fashioned out a 3-2 victory over De La Salle to tie defending champion University of the East at 5-5.
The Lady Archers, meanwhile, formalized their entry into the women’s Finals after a five-year absence following a 4-1 conquest of the Tigresses.
De La Salle raised its league’s best record to 6-1.
The Lady Eagles moved into a tie with the Lady Bulldogs in second at 4-3 via a 3-2 decision over the Lady Maroons.
With its fifth loss in seven ties, UST saw it reign end, while UP finished the season with a 2-6 card.
Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas completed a reversal of twice-to-beat De La Salle, 9-2, to arrange a fourth straight championship duel with Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 softball tournament Monday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Behind Celyn Ojare, the Tigresses overcame a 0-2 start to advance in the best-of-three championship.
For the fourth year in a row, UST will try to end one of the league’s enduring dynasty.
The Lady Falcons and the Tigresses will face off starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the same Malate venue.
UST, which scored a 12-6 win in last Saturday’s opener that forced the Final Four decider, has lost its last three Finals duels with Adamson University, which is gunning for a ninth straight title.
The top-ranked Lady Falcons first made it to the championship series with a 2-1 conquest of No. 4 National University.