UAAP Beach Volleyball: Tigresses win opener, Bulldogs fall to Tams
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 24, 2018 02:55 PM
UST's Sisi Rondina is seeking her fourth UAAP beach volleyball title.
The University of Santo Tomas' Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon made quick work of the University of the Philippines' Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-12, 21-12, to open its women's three-peat bid on a smashing note in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament Monday at Sands SM By The Bay.
However, reigning men's champion National University was not as fortunate as it dropped its season opener, as Far Eastern University's Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon stunned the fancied pair of Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad, 25-23, 21-17.
In her final playing year, Rondina has Barbon as new partner - the fourth in her collegiate career - but the two performed liked as if they played together for a long time.
A rookie who hails from Bukidnon, Barbon was solid on both ends of the sand court to compliment three-time MVP Rondina.
The Tigresses are most successful squad in the sport with five crowns, three of which Rondina won with different pairs. The Compostela, Cebu native hopes to cap her UAAP stint as a winner for UST.
The Lady Tamaraws, last season's second placers to the Tigresses, were not as fortunate in their season-opener.
De La Salle's Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Morente overcame a second set meltdown to beat FEU's Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan, 21-14, 20-22, 15-10, while NU's Klymince Orilleneda and Antonnete Landicho topped Ateneo's Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 21-11, 21-14.
The back-to-back seeking Bulldogs fell by wayside, as the Tamaraws, last year's third placers, used their court smarts to prevail.
In other men's morning matches, UST's Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton beat Ateneo's Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos, 21-11, 21-14, Adamson University's Pao Pablico and Jesus Valdez bested UP's Nico Consuelo and Mac Millete, 24-22, 21-14, while UE's Clifford Inoferio and Alven Aljas tripped De La Salle's Geraint Bacon and Raprap Sumalinog, 21-19, 21-16.