UAAP Season 81: Di ako susuko, di ako mapapagod -- Rondina

Mark Escarlote on Mar 21, 2019 05:06 PM
UAAP Season 81: Di ako susuko, di ako mapapagod -- Rondina
Sinabihan ko ang setter ko na sina Mafe (Galanza), sina Al (Bicar) na hindi ako mapapagod magpalo, wag lang kayong mapagod mag-coverage. Gagawan ko ng paraan para lumusot -- Sisi Rondina

University of Sto. Tomas star Sisi Rondina is not the kind of person who will use fatigue as an excuse for a stinging loss.

The graduating Tigresses captain carried the bulk of UST’s scoring load on Wednesday, hammering an eye-popping 102 spike attempts to finish with league-tying 35 points.

But even her offensive effort and defensive contribution of 25 digs were not enough to save the Tigresses from a sorry meltdown that saw them squander a two-set match lead only to fall in five sets at the hands of Ateneo de Manila University to start the second round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.

The Lady Eagles spoiled Rondina’s feat as they escaped with a 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, win.

Still, for Rondina, fatigue will never be an excuse not to give her all for the Tigresses’ cause.  

“Inisip ko lang na bawal akong mapagod,” said Rondina, who displayed incredible stamina and endurance in the two-hour, 32-minute marathon match.

Rondina buried 30 attack points and her 35 markers tied the most number of points set by a women’s division player since former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez registered the same productions in a five-set loss back in January 20, 2013.

“Sinabihan ko ang setter ko na sina Mafe (Galanza), sina Al (Bicar) na hindi ako mapapagod magpalo, wag lang kayong mapagod mag-coverage. Gagawan ko ng paraan para lumusot,” she said.

Rondina gave credit to the Lady Eagles’ defensive wall at the net anchored by Maddie Madayag and Bea De Leon. Madayag herself made a new standard in blocking with 11 kill blocks that broke the 11-year record of former De La Salle University player Celine Hernandez’s nine kill blocks.

Rondina admitted that Ateneo’s towers gave her a hard time the whole match.

“Kasi ang lalaki talaga, promise, swear to God” she said. “Ginawa ko na ang best ko pero sobrang taas. Matatangkad na eh ‘tas ‘pag pumasok pa ang kamay mas lalong tumangkad sila.”

Still, even the Lady Eagles imposing threat at the net didn’t deter Rondina from trying.   

“Ako dinaan ko na lang sa word na hindi ako susuko, di ako mapapagod,” Rondina said. “Nasa isipan ko na rin na kailangan naming manalo. Every time na pupunta naman talaga ako (sa game) ang mindset ko na manalo kami.”

Unfortunately, fate played a cruel trick on the Tigresses, again.

Rondina’s 35th point cut UST’s fifth set deficit to 11-13 but she then sent her attack out before hitting the antenna on her last attempt.  

It was the Tigresses’ 15th straight head-to-head loss to Ateneo since the semis of Season 74. The loss also snapped UST’s three-game run that pulled the Tigresses down to 5-3 win-loss record.

“Kinapos kami pero overall nasa magandang (posisyon) pa rin naman kami ngayon. Tatrabahuhin ulit namin sa ensayo,” said a still very positive Rondina.

 

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