SEA Games: SiPons bounces back big-time to boost bid for beach vball gold

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 01, 2019 07:04 PM
SiPons bounces back to boost bid for beach vball gold
(Photo by Aubrey Lavern Reyes)

SUBIC - The Philippines fanned its hopes for gold medals in 2019 Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball after both men’s and women’s teams took care of business, Sunday at Subic Tennis Courts.

First, Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons willed the host country to a breakthrough win at the expense of very game Vietnam, 2-1.

Rondina and Pons bested the Vietnamese in three sets, 21-8, 17-21, 15-7, but Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez then succumbed to the visitors in straight sets, 14-21 and 16-21.

In the Golden Match, though, the pairing of former UAAP super spikers exacted revenge on Vietnam whom they blanked, 22-20 and 21-15.

For the Filipinas, it was all about making the most out of second chances. "Nakakuha rin kami ng tips (paano sila kalabanin) kasi bago kami maglaro, naglalaro sila," Pons said of the duo of Tuong Vy Nguyen and Nguyen Lan Vu that had downed Gervacio-Rodriguez prior to the Golden Match.

She then continued, "Naging advantage yun sa amin kasi kilala na namin paano umatake sa kanila tapos medyo pagod na sila. Kami, nakapahinga kami."

Rondina agreed while also furthering that they had more than enough motivation in the form of the loud and proud home crowd who trooped to the venue even though the Filipinas were coming off a tournament-opening loss. "Masaya kaming nabigyan pa rin kami ng pagkakataon para magbigay-pugay sa bansa natin," she said.

With the win, the women’s team levelled their standing at 1-1 heading into a match with Malaysia on Monday.

Meanwhile, the men’s team claimed a second straight convincing victory in sweeping Malaysia, 2-0.

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