Graduating hitter Sisi Rondina of the University of Sto. Tomas keeps her focus on the big picture rather than personal accolades.
Rondina emerged as the leading scorer and landed on the Top 10 of two other skill categories after the first round of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament but the Queen Tigress was quick to set aside the thought of winning an individual award.
“Ano, trabaho lang eh. Nag-uusap kami talaga, na kailangan lang talaga nating manalo ng manalo. Wala na akong pakialam sa individual (award), basta atin ‘yung big trophy,” said Rondina, whose only missing piece of hardware to complete her storied collegiate career is the elusive indoor volleyball title.
“Wala na akong pakialam dun (sa individual awards) basta yun ang nagma-matter sa akin (championship trophy) kasi gusto ko talagang um-exit ng maganda,” added Rondina, a four-time UAAP beach volleyball champion and Most Valuable Player
Rondina, last year’s Best Scorer, averaged 17.4 points per game in the Tigresses’ first seven games for a league-leading 122 points total off 111 attacks, eight kill blocks and three aces. Trailing behind were UST rookie Eya Laure (117), Tots Carlos of University of the Philippines (110), Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino (107) and Princess Robles of National University (101).
The Cebuana-native sat in second place in attack efficiency with 34.26% success rate behind Laure (37.88%) and ahead of Carlos (31.48%), Tolentino (31.34%) and Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon (30.56%). Rondina also played great floor defense with 3.70 digs per set, landing at sixth spot in the category and first among non-liberos in the skill’s Top 10 list.
Meanwhile, Maddie Madayag of Ateneo topped the blocking department with 0.78 kill blocks per set followed by Season 80 Best Blocker Celine Domingo of FEU (0.73), Tolentino (0.59), Roselyn Doria of NU (0.59) and Seth Rodriguez of University of the East (0.58).
Robles ruled the service game with 0.67 ace per set ahead of FEU’s Kyle Negrito (0.50), Michelle Cobb and Aduke Ogunsanya of defending three-time champion De La Salle University with 0.44 service winners per frame each and Doria (0.41).
Cobb was the most effective setter in the first round with 6.32 excellent sets per frame with Ayel Estranero of UP (6.17), UE’s Lai Bendong (6.15), Deanna Wong of Ateneo (5.30) and Negrito (5.10) trailing behind.
Top liberos Thang Ponce of Adamson and Kath Arado of UE topped the dig and reception departments, respectively.
Ponce averaged 7.18 digs per set followed by Buding Durmedes of FEU (6.87), Arado (6.35), NU rookie Jennfier Nierva (5.15) and CJ Saga of DLSU (4.28).
Arado had an efficiency rate of 59.01% in reception to best Nierva (51.38%), Ponce (47.32%), Duremdes (46.76%), and DLSU’s Des Cheng (40.98%).
This season’s individual awards will follow the FIVB format of per position.