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    Golden Hopes at SEA Games: Rondina, Pons out to end beach volleyball drought

    Nov 29, 2019
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    [All eyes will be on the Filipino athletes when the country hosts the Southeast Asian Games beginning on November 30. And the pressure is on the Philippines to deliver not only a successful hosting of the Games but also win the overall championship - a feat it achieved the last time it hosted the conclave in 2005. The country is targeting at least 120 gold medals. Before the Games commence, Spin.ph lists down 15 of the Philippines' best gold-medal hopes. Here's the 14th part.]

    HOPES are high for Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons to win the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s beach volleyball tournament.

    Time and again, Rondina and Pons have shown that they are a match made in heaven in beach volleyyball, dominating the local stage while making an impression with brave performances in several international tournaments.

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    With beach volleyball back in the SEA Games after an eight-year absence, ithe dynamic duo are out to give the hosts its first beach volleyball medal since the bronze finish of Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua last 2005.

    Dubbed as the SiPons tandem, Rondina and Pons had two perfect championship runs in the 2017 and 2018 Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup.

    They had as much success with different partners.

    Rondina won four titles for University of Santo Tomas in her five-year UAAP career while Pons completed the "three-peat" in the PSL this year with Dij Rodriguez.

    The duo also made it as far as the quarterfinals of the the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open last May.

    Just a few days before SEA Games, they swept the 2019 Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open, beating the Philippines’ second team of Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio in the finals.

    So expect Pons and Rondina to go all the way when the beach volleyball tournament unfolds at the Subic Tennis Courts.

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