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    Petron super sub Sisi Rondina not expecting start after big game in finals

    Dec 16, 2018
    PHOTO: DJ Cubangbang

    SISI Rondina said she didn’t want to disrupt the flow, hoping Ces Molina would quickly find her groove after a slow start.

    But she was prevailed upon by coach Shaq de los Santos to try and take charge, and the backup open spiker did not disappoint, helping spark Petron to a three-set win over F2 in the opener of the Super Liga All Filipino Conference finals.

    Petron was behind 13-19 when Rondina was sent in, and the Blaze Spikers went on to score a straight-sets win on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Rondina led all scorers with 12 points as Petron tied its 13-0 record in its 2015 All-Filipino title run.

    “Sinabihan ko sila (Bernadeth) Pons and Ate Ces na diretso lang sila. Okay lang kami sa labas. Babawi lang kami kapag kinailangan na,” said Rondina.

    “Hindi ko 'to in-expect na ganito 'yung kalalabasan. Pumasok ako para bumawi para kay Ate Ces. Aminado ako na kabado ako.”

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    “Pinakita ko na lang kung paano ako maglaro, kung ano ako talaga sa team and pinanindigan ko na nga yun kasi ako ‘yung bumubuhay sa kanila as energizer,” she said.

    “Wala na akong pakialam kung pumanget man 'yung mukha ko or anything, basta kung makakatulong man ‘yun sa team ko and to energize them. Why not.”

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      The 5-foot-6 Rondina said she felt the other outside hitters were playing better, even with the sluggish start in the finals, but De los Reyes told her to just trust herself.

      “Sabi ko kay Coach Shaq kung pwede wag na ako kasi magaganda yung mga laro nila sinasabi ko kay coach, ‘Coach wag na ako.’ Ako, nagda-doubt din ako sa sarili ko,” she said.

      “Sabi ni coach na wag ganun kasi ang laki ng tiwala niya sa amin,” she added.

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      “Pagkarinig ko ‘yun sa kanila parang mas ginaganahan pa ako, parang nagbuboost pa sa akin na gawin lahat. Parang yung sangkap kasi yung tiwala ni coach Shaq sa bawat isa.”

      Still, Rondina doesn’t expect to get a start in the next match, as the Blaze Spikers look to set a new record 14 straight wins and bag the crown on Tuesday.

      “Hindi na namin iniisip 'yung championship, basta magtrabaho kami. Naka-set na 'yung mga trabaho namin sa team, kailangan lang namin gawin,” Rondina said.

      “Wala kaming advantage. Sa sarili ko, wala akong ganoon na iniisip. Kaya bumawi ng F2. Unang-una, mga beterana talaga sila. Back to zero kami ulit, trababo lang. Kailangan namin ayusin 'yung mga weaknesses namin.”

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