Sisi Rondina takes loss to Ateneo hard but stays optimistic despite slim semis hopes for UST
Sisi Rondina gave her best with 21 points and 14 digs but not enough to lift UST over Ateneo. Marlo Cueto

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas top hitter Sisi Rondina blamed no one but herself after a sorry loss to Ateneo, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 17-25, 9-25, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

The pint-sized energizer bunny delivered 21 points, all from attacks, and 14 digs for UST but her efforts went down the drain as the Tigresses’ road to the Final Four got a lot more difficult.

“Frustration… kung ako sa sarili ko kasi nagkakamali rin ako,” she said. “Ako yung sana hindi na lang ako nagkamali, sana mas nakapuntos pa ako para mas makatulong pa ako sa team.”

The loss put UST in a precarious situation as the Tigresses need to win their two remaining matches against La Salle (April 8) and Adamson (April 14) and hope that National University (6-6) and Adamson University (5-6) won’t reach seven wins.

Still, Rondina remained grateful especially to her teammates.

“Overall naman po sobrang thankful ako sa mga teammates ko kasi kiung ‘di dahil sa kanila ‘di ko na-gain ang experience na ‘to and mga natutunan,” she said.

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