FEU solves Sisi Rondina puzzle

Mark Escarlote on Mar 03, 2018 06:11 PM
FEU solves Sisi Rondina puzzle
Priority si Sisi (Rondina) sa block then itinapat namin si Sisi kay (Celine) Domingo saka kay Kyle (Negrito) -- FEU coach George Pascua

Far Eastern University had one simple game plan against University of Sto. Tomas.

Make Sisi Rondina bleed for her points.

The Lady Tamaraws followed their battle plan to a tee as FEU collected its fourth straight win with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-20, demolition of the Tigresses Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.

Rondina, who terrorized their previous six opponents with 23.33 points average per game, was limited to a season-low 11 points on a 11-of-30 spiking clip.

“Nu’ng training pa lang namin, nag-usap na kami lahat. Kasi alam naman namin kung ano yung palo ni Sisi. More on crosscourt sya eh,” said FEU skipper Bernadeth Pons.

“Mas lalamangan namin yung block namin sa cross, which is naging effective naman sya kanina,” Pons added. “Na-block namin sya kasi minsanan lang talaga sya nagdo-down the line. Kaya mas lamangan namin yung cross pero may tao pa rin kami, basta ready pa rin kami palagi sa likod.”

Aside from shackling Rondina, FEU also silenced Dimdim Pacres. The opposite spiker was limited to only five points and sat out the third frame.             

“Pinag-aralan namin ‘yun. Sabi ko nga 70% kay Sisi. But di natin pwedeng pabayaan sina Pacres saka yung core ng team nila kasi baka na-check natin ito, yung iba naman (gumawa). So kailangan balansehin lang,” said FEU coach George Pascua.

Fortunately for the Lady Tams no other Tigresses aside from Carla Sandoval, who paced UST with 12 points, stepped up.    

“Priority si Sisi sa block then itinapat namin si Sisi kay (Celine) Domingo saka kay Kyle (Negrito)," he added.

It didn’t help that the Espana-based squad committed 29 errors and had a poor outing on service reception as UST allowed FEU to land 12 service aces.

The win came a lot sweeter as the Lady Tams snapped a two-game slide against the Tigresses as FEU climbed to second spot with a 5-2 slate. 

 

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