Team Ateneo B is ISTA lawn tennis Division 2 champion

March 08, 2018
ASHS News from a report by Gee Abacan; Photo courtesy of Gee Abacan

(L to R) Enzo Gutierrez, Anton Relucio, coach Gee Abacan, MJ Ducut, Frank Septin, Javier Bolong

Consisting of lawn tennis players from the Ateneo Senior High School (ASHS) and Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS), Ateneo Team B emerged as Division 2 champion of the Inter School Tennis Association (ISTA) tournament last February 10, 2018 at the Colegio San Agustin Tennis Courts in Makati City.  Ateneo Team B consists of MJ Ducut (11-Bellarmine), Frank Septin (La Storta/ 9-Favre), Anton Relucio (11-Wright), Javier Bolong (La Storta/10- Garnier) and Rafael Gutierrez (11-Borgia).

ISTA Division 2 is a team tennis event similar to division 1, with a format that consists of three singles matches and two doubles matches. The only difference with division 1 is that division 2 players can’t be in the top 20 of any lawn tennis age group currently or in the past.

En route to winning the ISTA Division 2 title, Ateneo B notched wins against International School Manila (3-2), British School of Manila (5-0), La Salle Greenhills (5-0), Xavier (3-2), Brent (5-0), Faith Academy (5-0), and Southridge (5-0).  

MJ Ducut played first singles, Frank Septin played second singles, and Anton Relucio handled 3rd singles. Ducut & Septin played first doubles while Bolong & Gutierrez played second doubles.

The 2018 ISTA season marks the first time in many years where Ateneo de Manila won both Dvision 1 and Division 2 titles.