UST completes 79th UAAP beach volleyball sweep

Mark Escarlote on Oct 09, 2016 02:04 PM
UST completes 79th UAAP beach volleyball sweep
Cherry Rondina was flocked by University of Sto. Tomas men's team after she and partner Jem Gutierrez captured the women's title for the school's sweep of the 79th UAAP beach volleyball tournament.

University of Sto. Tomas annexed the first two titles at stake in UAAP Season 79 after their triumphant conquest in both the men’s and women’s divisions of beach volleyball Sunday.

The Espana-based squads ascended to the throne in contrasting fashion but both shared the glory by midday at Sands SM by the Bay in Pasay City.

The uncle and nephew tandem on KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto completed a clean 9-0 sweep of the tournament without dropping a single set by dominating Far Eastern University’s Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica, 21-16, 21-16, in Game 2 of their best-of-three championship series to quench a seven-year title drought and collect the school’s third crown overall.

“’Yung tatlong bridesmaid finishes namin, yun ang nag-drive sa akin na mas mag-push pa hanggang sa makuha ko ang gusto hangga’t di pa natatapos ang playing year ko,” said the fourth year player and season Most valuable Player, who saw his team lose in their three straight Finals appearances.

Meanwhile, Cherry Rondina and Jem Gutierrez outlasted FEU’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, 21-17, 21-10, in the deciding Game 3 to reclaim the title the Tigresses lost last year.

“Sobrang saya ko po kasi parang nakabawi po kami (from last year),” said Rondina, who bagged her second MVP award since receiving her first when she and then partner Rica Rivera won the Season 77 title. “Inisip ko talaga na kinakailangang makuha namin ito kasi para lahat ng pagod namin magkaroon ng result at siyempre inspiration namin yung (panalo) ng men’s namin.”         

The Tigresses swept their first eight games including the title series opener, 21-17, 21-9, last Saturday.

FEU snapped UST’s winning run with a gutsy stand in Game 2 in a come-from-behind, 17-21, 21-17, 15-13, win early Sunday morning to force a decider.

Rondina and Gutierrez opened Game 3 blazing to control the first frame. Pons and Atienza looked tired after the first set and UST took advantage to race to a 4-0 start in the second frame and never looked back.  

Guzman and nephew Arbasto, whose father is Guzman’s first cousin, defeated FEU, which made a valiant stand surviving four do-or-die games to get into the Finals including an upset against twice-to-beat University of the Philippines, 21-13, 21-11 in the series opener.

Barrica was named Rookie of the Year.





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