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    Albo, Gonzales reign supreme in MVP national juniors badminton

    Nov 15, 2018

    TOP seeds Jewel Albo and Anthea Gonzalez showed they're the top young shuttlers in the country.

    Gonzalez went home with three gold medals while Albo garnered two golds to cap their campaign in the 2018 MVP Nationals Juniors Championship on Wednesday at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati City.

    Albo had to go through the ringer before winning the Under-17 boys' singles finals in this tournament backed by SMART, MVP Sports Foundation, BaliPure, SMASH Pilipinas, Victor PCome Industrial Sales, J.Co Donuts, Prima Pasta, and Forthright Events & Sports Management Inc,

    After dropping his first set of the tournament against upset-seeking Lyrden Laborte, the second-generation shuttler still managed to pick up a 21-15, 19-21, 21-16 win to secure his first gold of the day.

    Albo, failed to bag the boys' doubles gold as he and Guillian Rodriguez lost to the pair of Johnyl Mialda and Nestojan Tapales, 11-21, 15-21. But hemade up for it as he and Gonzalez eked out a 15-21, 21-14, 21-15 triumph over Viana Antonio and Zed Monterubio in the mixed doubles U-17 finals.

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    Gonzalez was simply too good in the girls' division.

    She blasted Under-15 wunderkind Karyll Rio, 21-10, 21-15, to win the U-17 singles title while her partnership with Dana Navarro outlasted Christine Dorega and Clara Ignacio, 18-21, 21-16, 21-16, for her third gold in the U-17 division.

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    In the other age brackets, Rey Angelo Pedron and Christian Dorega were crowned the U-15 and U-13 division champions, respectively. Wijel Albo struck gold in the U-11 while Jr Pullon won the U-9 group.

    Pedron and his partner Allen Penute stunned the highly-favored pair of Raydric Abinales and Ashton Prieto, 15-21, 21-16, 21-18 to win the boys' doubles U-15 crown. Ryan Bernal and Dorega went on to win the boys' doubles championship.

    Rio vented her ire on Patricia de Leon to win the U-15 girls' title, 11-21, 21-15, 21-10 while Andrea Hernandez and Rosheila Quierez bagged the gold in the U-15 and U-13 divisions, respectively.

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    Rio secured her second gold as she and Munir Bartolome won the U-15 mixed doubles tournament.

    Other pairs to win are Andrea Hernandez and Rheylyn Pedron (girls' doubles U-13), Althea Fuentespina and Rheylyn Pedron (girls' doubles U-15), and Joe Marie Moncada and Althea Ocampo (mixed doubles U-13).

    The awarding ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 17 at the Ayala Malls in South Park, Alabang.

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