Sanay na ako sa kanya -- Gutierrez on emotional Rondina
Mark Escarlote on Oct 09, 2016 04:18 PM
Sinasabi naman niya sa akin na, “Ate kapag sumisigaw ako sa’yo hindi dahil galit ako sa’yo. Kaya kita sinisiawan kasi minsan galit ako sa sarili ko pero hindi ako galit sa’yo. Binibigyan lang kita ng instructions." -- Jem Gutierrez
University of Sto. Tomas star Cherry Rondina, known for her emotion and intensity during games, was a picture of frustration when her partner Jem Gutierrez smacked the ball straight to the net.
She made Gutierrez know about it.
It was in the second set of Game 2 of the 79th UAAP women's beach volleyball tournament best-of-three finals Sunday morning at the Sands SM by the Bay against Far Eastern University.
The Lady Tamaraws went on to win the match and force a series decider – snapping the Tigresses’ 8-game winning streak and first set losses of the season.
Rondina and Gutierrez, her new partner after Rica Rivera called it quits after two seasons to concentrate on indoor volleyball, had a moment alone to talk things out before the winner-take-all Game 3.
“Napag-usapan po namin ang mga mali namin,” said the third year player. “Nag-sorry ako sa kanya sabi ko, “Ate sorry kung ganoon ang naging aura ko sa laro natin.”
Gutierrez, who is a year ahead of Rondina, understood her partner’s sudden burst of emotion.
“OK lang. Sanay na ako sa kanya,” said Gutierrez. “Sinasabi naman niya sa akin na, “Ate kapag sumisigaw ako sa’yo hindi dahil galit ako sa’yo. Kaya kita sinisiawan kasi minsan galit ako sa sarili ko pero hindi ako galit sa’yo. Binibigyan lang kita ng instructions.””
“Kasi ganoon talaga ang tono niya. Lagi siyang pagalit pero hindi talaga siya galit. Sanay naman na ako sa kanya so wala na ‘yun,” added Gutierrez.
After letting their emotions and frustrations out, the two went back in the sand to finish off the Lady Tamaraws pair of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, 21-17, 21-10, to reclaim the throne UST lost last year after a disappointing fifth place finish and bag the school’s fourth title overall.
Rondina explained that they collapsed in Game 2, which FEU took 21-17, 17-21, 13-15, because they veered away from their game plan and let emotions get the best of them.
“Noong Game 2 nawala kami. Hindi kami sumunod sa game plan namin and gumagawa kami ng amin,” said Rondina.
The two has mutual respect to each other and knew their role in the partnership.
“Si Ate Jem po kasi sobrang masunurin talaga kahit senior ko po siya,” said Rondina, who was again named Season Most Valuable Player after winning the recognition two years ago. “Sabi kasi ni coach kapag nasa loob ng court kayo walang senior-senior d’yan. Since I was the captain ball po mino-motivate ko siya though medyo nagkakasagutan kami. Magaling talaga siya kahit pinapagalitan ko na siya or whatever. Ako kasi napi-pressure talaga pero kanina dinala talaga niya ako.”
When the pair rediscovered their chemistry in Game 3, Rondina and Gutierrez completed UST’s beach volleyball tournament sweep after their men’s counterpart downed FEU in the Finals.
The title was extra special for Gutierrez as she missed last year’s chance to play after the Season 78 reserve player had to undergo a minor operation on her infected boils on her left hip.
“Sobrang saya kasi ito na ang break eh,” she said. “Ito na ang moment na may mapapatunayan ako hindi lang sa sarili ko, mapapatunayan ko na magaling sina coach. Mapapatunayan ko na magaling ang UST, na tama ang school na pinili ko.”
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