THE great partnership of Sisi Rondina and Eya Laure has enabled University of Santo Tomas to turn around its campaign in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament - and produce the most prolific pair of the league.
Rondina, UST's graduating leader, has averaged as the league's No. 1 scorer with a 17.4-point average at the end of the first round followed by the rookie, who finished with a with an average of 16.7 points through their first seven games.
Thanks to their heroics, the Tigresses are up to a share of second spot with defending champion La Salle at the end of the first round.
Rondina said it's the wins, more than the points, that count.
“Trabaho lang eh. Nag-uusap kami talaga, na kailangan talaga natin manalo. Wala namang pakialam sa individual, basta atin yung big trophy,” said Rondina, who dropped 17 points in their three-set demolition of University of the East on Sunday.
“Wala akong pakialam pa, yun ang nagma-matter sa akin kasi siyempre gusto ko talagang umexit ng maganda, with the help of Eya,” the outside hitter added.
Laure said she wants nothing more than helping Rondina win a first-ever championship before she graduates.
“Para din to kay Ate Sisi kasi last playing year niya na. Bago mag-start yung season, yun ang napag-usapan namin,” the prized opposite hitter said. “Sabi ko 'Ate Sisi, tutulungan talaga kita, kahit anong way pwede,' para mabigyan lang siya ng magandang exit. Kasi deserve niya yun.”
The rookie sensation shared that UST head coach Kungfu Reyes, her mentor since high school, trained her to aim for the championship and not for individual awards.
“Sinasabi niya sa akin, mas maganda kung champion or magka-place tayo sa UAAP, kasi yun yung mas maaalala ng tao, hindi yung pag-individual award.”
Rondina said it's not merely a two-woman act.
“Wala kaming pinabayaang opportunity. And ayun, lahat ng mga ine-ensayo namin, lumabas,” Rondina said. “Sunod lang talaga ng sunod, makinig lang ng makinig, and kung nasa loob na, kami naman, yung teammates ko ang pakikinggan.”