How is it to feel like a marshmallow? Let Sisi Rondina explain…

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 04, 2017 08:00 PM
How is it to feel like a marshmallow? Let Rondina explain...
HARD-KNOCK LIFE. Sisi Rondina admits that she still has much work to do regarding her resiliency.

University of Sto. Tomas started strong against Far Eastern University on Saturday only to surrender the second set right back.

Exemplifying the Golden Tigresses’ struggles in the second set, skipper Sisi Rondina was forced back to the bench. Explaining his decision then, coach Kungfu Reyes said, “It doesn’t mean na starter ka, starter ka na forever at hindi ka na pwedeng palitan. Hindi applicable sa team na ‘to yun.”

Rondina did not return until the middle of the third set when UST had gotten its groove back en route to its third win in a row.

For the third-year standout, it was undoubtedly a tall task to refocus herself. “’Di ko agad naibalik yung sarili ko kasi kanina, aminado ako na parang sobrang marshmallow ako kapag napapagalitan. Yun yung problema ko sa sarili ko talaga,” she explained.

Wait, what? Marshmallow?

She then furthered, “I mean, kapag paulit-ulit kang nagkakamali, siyempre, paulit-ulit kang pagsasabihan. Tanggap ko naman yun, ang akin lang, hindi ko ma-fight yung sa sarili ko talaga.”

Of course, the Cebuana meant that she had much work to do regarding her resiliency.

Thankfully, Reyes, the coach who benched her, did not stop on encouraging her. “Always naman akong sinasabihan ni coach na happy thoughts. So yun, unti-unti tapos nung nakakuha na kami nang magandang puntos, sabi ni coach, ‘Si, ikaw na yan, bumalik ka na,’” she narrated.

Return, Rondina did and then proceeded to put the finishing touches on the Tigresses’ rise to 4-3.

That is exactly why the UST captain was nothing but thankful for the continued trust of her mentor. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay coach – as in, sobra. Sabi nga niya, ‘Sumakit yung ulo ko sayo kanina,’” she said.

She then continued, “Pero sabi ko lang sa kanya, ‘Coach, thank you talaga.’”

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