UAAP Season 81: Tigresses complete three-peat

Mark Escarlote on Oct 07, 2018 12:59 PM
UAAP Season 81: Tigresses complete three-peat
University of Sto. Tomas won its third straight UAAP women's beach volleyball title.

University of Sto. Tomas annexed its third straight title after the duo of Sisi Rondina and Blove Barbon completed their sweep of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament Sunday.

The Tigresses cruised past De La Salle University's Tim Tiamzon and Michelle Morente in two games in the best-of-three championship series capped by a dominating 21-7, 21-16 win in Game 2 at the Sands SM by the Bay. 

UST extended its reign without dropping a set and won its 19th straight match that bridged three seasons. The Tigresses scored their sixth crown overall.

Graduating player Rondina made her exit in the tournament with her fourth title in five years and fourth Most Valuable Player award.  

Barbon was named rookie of the year.

"For you to prove yourself na kaya mo, why not?," said Rondina, who in five years posted a 40-6 win-loss record. "Nag-start ako ng first year parang alam ko sa sarili ko na wala pang napapatunayan kasi ganito lang, maliit lang ako. Pero the time na nananalo kami, puwede pala. Bonus na itong MVP. Ang goal ko lang talaga manalo at makapagbigay para sa UST."


The Tigresses took the fight out of the Lady Spikers early in Game 2 with a dominating win in the opening frame that dictated the pace of the match.

UST took the series opener, 21-12, 21-19, in their early morning clash.
DLSU, which booked a Finals ticket for the first time since winning it all in Season 78, made Game 1 interesting as the Lady Spikers kept pace with UST. They tied the second set at 19 only to falter in the end.


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