UAAP Season 81: Ang nagpabalik ng korona sa Espana -- Rondina on her legacy

Mark Escarlote on Feb 09, 2019 05:13 PM
Ang nagpabalik ng korona sa Espana -- Rondina on her legacy
Yun ang gusto ko, always naman eh, first year pa lang ako. Siyempre ang tagal ng hindi nagtsa-champion ang UST. Goal namin ang maibalik ang korona sa Espana -- Sisi Rondina

Graduating Sisi Rondina would like to be remembered by fans, especially by the true University of Sto. Tomas supporters, for just one thing.

“Ang nagpabalik ng korona sa Espana,” Rondina’s bold statement heading into another action-packed and exciting UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament set to open on February 16.

The Cebuana hotshot has been lording it over in the beach volleyball tournament, snaring four championships in her five years of service for UST on the sand highlighted by a three-peat this season.

Rondina may have enjoyed success in beach volleyball, but the passionate Tigress has yet to bite a mint in the indoor event – the only missing crown in her colorful career.

Now in her last dance for the black and gold, Rondina vowed to leave a winning legacy.     

“’Yun ang gusto ko, always naman eh, first year pa lang ako. Siyempre ang tagal ng hindi nag-cha-champion ang UST. Goal namin ang maibalik ang korona,” the team captain said.

Last season, Rondina averaged a season-best 21.1 points per game with 38.44% success rate in attacks and three digs per frame.

Unfortunately, a series of injuries, inconsistency and lack of on-court support for Rondina doomed UST to its worst finish in the Final Four era. The Espana-based squad tallied a disappointing 4-10 win-loss record at seventh place.         

 

'Please cooperate'

Rondina knows that UST will need total team effort to win a championship and end a nine-year title drought so the very vocal leader wants just one thing from her teammates.

“Before sabihin sa akin ni coach na ako ang captain ball sinabi ko sa kanila na, ‘Please cooperate. If may sasabihin kayo sa akin feel free to approach me. Puwede kayong maglabas ng sama ng loob. Anything. Basta ang gusto ko lang maayos ko kayo and sana ‘yung gusto kong mangyari ay may ganoon din kayong attitude,’” she said. “Kasi siyempre gusto ko rin na ‘yung willingness (na manalo) talaga sa team siyempre hindi yun mabubuo sa sarili namin kung wala kaming ganoon. Sana magsimula sa sarili namin and sana nga mag-cooperate ang mga bata. Kasi mga bata kami ngayon eh. More on rookies.”

After singlehandedly carrying UST’s campaign last year, Rondina is expected to get all the help she needs with the return of Milena Alessandrini, who was named Rookie of the Year last season despite missing a couple of games because of a shoulder injury, Dimdim Pacres, Caitlyn Viray, Alina Bicar and Rica Rivera and the arrival of prized rookie Eya Laure.   

“Sabi ko sa kanila na, ‘Hindi ko na kayo papakialam sa labas basta sa loob (ng court) mag-perform lang kayo ng maayos. I-commit nyo ang self nyo sa kung saan kayo naka-commit,’” added Rondina.

For her part, Rondina promises to play with the same heart and passion she has been displaying all these years while donning the UST jersey.

“Same pa rin po na igi-give ang best at masasabi ko na mas igi-give ko pa ang best ko in my final roar for UST,” she said. “Mindset ko talaga ngayon ‘yung gusto naming mangyari (na mag-champion). Everybody wants naman talaga ‘yun. Sa amin sana makuha namin.”

 

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