UAAP Volleyball Player of the Week: Cherry Rondina
Mark Escarlote on Feb 23, 2016 01:01 PM
Cherry Rondina of University of Sto. Tomas named as ABS-CBN Sports' UAAP Volleyball Player of the Week.
Cherry “Sisi” Rondina may be small in stature, but the sophomore player consistently delivers the big numbers for the University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses.
The Cebuana hitter spearheaded the Tigresses’ surge in their last two assignments in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after a slow start that saw one of the pre-season favorites drop three consecutive matches in a sluggish start.
Rondina averaged 16.5 points, contributed on defense for an all-around performance and provided the intangibles to lead UST to victories against the University of the East Lady Warriors and the much-taller National University Lady Bulldogs to earn the nod as ABS-CBN Sports’ UAAP Volleyball Player of the Week.
Barely standing 5-foot-6 tall, the Season 77 beach volleyball champion and Most Valuable Player played tall to give head coach Kung Fu Reyes the offensive firepower UST lost when Pam Lastimosa suffered a knee injury heading into the season. Rondina put up double-figure numbers in the scoring department in all of the Tigresses’ matches.
She and team captain EJ Laure teamed up in UST’s 25-18, 25-8, 25-23 drubbing of the Lady Warriors last Wednesday.
Rondina had 12 points she collected from seven attacks, three service aces and a pair of kill blocks while shoveling up seven excellent digs in the one-hour, 23-minute faceoff with the listless Recto-based squad.
She had a fitting follow up with a huge 21-point output against the 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and the Lady Bulldogs after three days.
UST was on the verge of collapse after NU mounted a comeback from two sets down to force a decider.
But Rondina refused to swallow the same bitter pill they took in a five-set loss to Adamson in the season opener where the Compostela, Cebu native stamped a career-high 30 points.
She drilled four markers in the fifth set where the Espana-based squad rallied from a five-point deficit to escape with a thrilling 25-14, 25-18, 17-25, 19-25, 15-12, win to get in the middle of the pack.
Rondina added nine digs and three excellent receptions proving that she has everything a coach could ever wish for in a player.
Reyes said that he’s not surprised at all with his 19-year-old ward’s performance.
“Si Sisi kapag sinubmit niya ang sarili niya sa isang bagay, OK naman siya e,” said Reyes, who replaced Odjie Mamon. “Hindi naman nakakagulat na ganoon ang resulta ng laro niya, and saka yung work attitude niya (maganda).”
Rondina is the third player to receive the weekly citation after Alyssa Valdez of unbeaten three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila and Santiago.
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