Montessori De Sagrada Familia (MDSF) will push through the next phase as the elementary Sagradan smashers notched two golds and a silver in Bulacan Private Schools’ Association (BulPriSA) District Meet last September 9-13 at Starzone Baliwag.
Hannah Danica Sagum (Singles 2), Ethan Jon Gabrielle Imperial and Nathan Paulo De Vera (Doubles Boys) ended their campaigns with flying colors as they grabbed the gold, earning the slots for the Provincial I Meet.
Angenickle Lopez and Angel Klarise Stoll (Doubles Girls) did not go home with an empty hand as they copped the bronze after snatching the victory in the battle for third match.
Imperial-De Vera duo went through the eye of the needle before earning the sweet taste of victory as they survived Marian College of Baliuag’s Charles Miguel Reyes and Martin Santiago in a three-set thriller, 21-20, 20-21, 21-18, in the Doubles Boys’ championship match late afternoon.
The gold medal duel intensified the crowd in the finishing touches of the finals as the Sagradan tandem kept their composure to the match, gaining the last two points from Marian’s crucial errors which made the Sagradan faithful rush joyfully to the duo with delight.
Before the two major errors, sixth grader Imperial was hungrier of getting the gold, unleashing three consecutive smashes which helped them regain the advantage, 19-18.
“Kailangan ko na talagang humabol, pressured,nervous,kasi last year ko na to sa elementary kaya kailangan ko na po humabol,” Imperial, who is also the mayor of the Supreme Pupil Government for this year, stated his thoughts when they were down midway of the final frame.
Neck and neck possesions started early in the opening juncture before De Vera, a Grade 5 pupil, ended the long rally with a clutch drop to wrap up the first set, 21-20.
The delegates from Marian, on the other hand, gave the Sagradan shuttlers a hard time in the second canto after registering a 5-1 run at the latter part of the set which equated the match, 21-20.
“Gusto kong pasalamatan una si God kung hindi dahil sa kanya di tayo magiging ganito. Susunod, yung parents ko sila nagpakilala sakin ng badminton. Mga teammates ko, yung coach ko na nagturo sa akin ng badminton, at sa mga friends ko na kung wala sila baka sumuko na ako,” Imperial told in an interview.
On the flip side, Sagum, who is now playing her one and done year as an elementary Sagradan smasher, began her debut on a strong note as she used her height and might, overpowering MSIC’s Izan Mateo, 21-7, 21-17, in Singles 2 finals.
The sixth grader finished the job early as she did not let extend the match in three sets, chipping in three straight markers from a drive and a game-winning service ace to conclude her journey with a gold.
“Nung nalaman ko na champion ako, yung unang nasa isip ko ay yung journey ko as a varsity has just begun,” Sagum said.
First timers Lopez and Stoll assured themselves of having the bronze as they stunned Montessori School of Immaculate Concepcion (MSIC) in two sets, 21-10, 21-8.
“Happy kasi first time ko palang pero naging 3rd kami. Inaral namin ng mabuti yung laro gaya ng sabi ni teacher Shaira, at ginawa namin yung best namin sa larong yun,” fifth grader Lopez, who also included praying in every match, said.
by Ziv Gabriel Cortez
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