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    Sisi Rondina ends UAAP beach volleyball career with a bang

    Oct 7, 2018
    Sisi Rondina completes a three-peat with three different partners — Jem Gutierrez, Caitlyn Viray and Babylove Barbon.

    IT was all cheers, no tears, as Sisi Rondina played her farewell match in UAAP women’s beach volleyball.

    Rondina is very proud of what she has achieved in five years for University of Sto Tomas: four titles with four different partners — Rica Rivera, Jem Gutierrez, Caitlyn Viray and Babylove Barbon.

    “Kagabi sobrang iyak ko. Ngayon wala eh. Pero kanina nung pag panalo na kami, lumabas na 'yun eh. Nawala ulit. Parang naubos ko ata kagabi,” said Rondina.

    “Nag-sink in sa akin is wala, hindi na ulet ako makakapasok diyan. Okay naman kasi may katapusan talaga. Sabi nga sa kanta, may dulo pala ang langit so parang ganoon lang. Kung pwede lang na maglaro pa ako for UST, why not? Pero wala eh, may limit talaga,” she added.

    With a dominant win over La Salle’ Mich Morente and Tin Tiamzon in the finals, UST completed another season sweep and Rondina exits with four Most Valuable Player awards and a 40-6 win-loss record.

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    “Special siyempre kasi aalis na ako. Last year ko na and may binigay pa si Lord sa akin so thankful. Itong trophy na 'to para sa mga taong hindi kami iniwan at lalo na sa mga coach namin na nagtiyagang i-train kami,” said the high-flying Cebuana, who ended her career with a 19-match winning streak — a back-to-back sweep in the last two seasons.

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    “Pati rin sa pamilya ko na hindi man lang nakapanood ng isang game ko kasi medyo busy. Pero, para sa kanila 'to kasi sinabi ko sa kanila na pumunta ako dito sa Maynila ng wala, babalik ako ng may dala.”

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      The 5-foot-6 Rondina started her career with the feeling she had something to prove, and the first victory made her even hungrier for more titles.

      “First year pa lang ako, hindi naman must, pero for me to prove myself na kaya ko. Nagstart ako sa first year, alam kong wala kaming mapapatunayan kasi ganito lang ako, maliit lang ako,” she said.

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      “Pero the time na nanalo kami, pwede pala. Bonus na lang 'tong mga MVP. Ang goal ko talaga is manalo at makapagbigay sa UST.”

      She hopes Barbon, the season’s top rookie, can help sustain UST’s dominance.

      “Si Babylove naman sinasabi ko sa kaniya na for her to get these na mga award, ang ginawa ko lang, ang naging sangkap ng mga ganito is dapat work hard, commit kung saan ka naka-commit,” Rondina said.

      “Huwag kang masilaw sa pagiging sikat and lalo nang may potential talaga siya. Sana madala niya 'yung attitude ko towards the game and towards training.”

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