Sisi Rondina-Jem Gutierrez partnership keeps UST unbeaten in UAAP beach volleyball
Cherry Rondina and jem Gutierrez are off to a 4-0 start in UAAP beach volleyball. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas bested University of the Philippines, 21-17, 21-14, to grab the solo lead in the UAAP Season 79 women's beach volleyball on Sunday at SM by the Bay.

UST duo Cherry Rondina and Jem Gutierrez handed the UP tandem Diana Carlos and Arielle Estrañero their first loss after earlier dismantling the defending champion La Salle pair Ernestine Tiamzon and Desiree Cheng 21-15, 21-16.

The Tigresses now own a 4-0 (win-loss) record.

"Nagu-usap lang kami ni Jem na manalo matalo ilaban lang natin tapos ilabas lang natin mga tine-training namin at kung ano 'yung mga pwede natin idiskarte. Nag-teamwork lang talaga kami," said Rondina.

"Wala akong inisip na sweep kasi lahat ng team grabe talaga," she added. "Ang amin lang, kung ano 'yung galaw namin 'yun pa rin at maglaro lang talaga kami ng amin, kasi minsan nag-aaway kami dahil minsan gigil and minsan di ko siya matulungan."

Carlos and Estrañero bagged an early win over University of the East duo Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat 21-16, 22-20.

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