Honing her badminton skills at the courts in Bacolod City and giving her province Negros Occidental several gold medals during her Palarong Pambansa years, Nikki Therese Lim Servando continues to reap honors in college as she recently bagged her third straight Most Valuable Player award in the NCAA women’s badminton.
Servando, a third year Hotel Institutional Management scholar at De La Salle College of St. Benilde, also helped the St. Benilde team capture the women’s badminton championship by dominating the women’s first single event against Letran’s Bea Rodriguez, 21-4, 21-7.
Duplicating the feat in women’s second single was her teammate Allizandra Candelaria, who turned back another Letran lady shuttler Mia Armian, 21-14, 21-7.
St. Benilde also reigned in women’s double as Danielle Escobar and Yna Zapanta beat Letran’s dut Sharon Balingit and Karla Palma, 21-12, 21-5.
It was a sweep for the DLS-CSB badminton team as the men’s squad composed of Mariuz Zapanta, Jefferson Patawaran, Timmie de Guzman, Jigo Libiran, Joseph Antonio, and Austin Sangalan also bagged the championship.
Meanwhile, Servando, who was recipient of the DLS-CSB Gawad Sinag Tala Award as Female Student Athlete of the Year, trains under coaches Lloyd Escoses and Wilson Frias.*NAB
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