UAAP Season 81 Final Four: Naramdaman ko rin sa indoor – Rondina on Finals stint

Mark Escarlote on May 06, 2019 03:21 PM
UAAP: Naramdaman ko rin sa indoor – Rondina on Finals stint
Ang natutunan ko sa limang taon, sobrang ‘yung di ka titigil sa pangarap mo. Walang susuko -- Sisi Rondina

Sisi Rondina is the epitome of excellence when it comes to the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.

Proof of it is her four titles in five years of service on the sand court for the University of Sto. Tomas. Four Most Valuable Player awards, a rookie of the year award, and a three-peat to cap off her beach volleyball stint.

The only hardware still eluding Rondina in her storied and colorful collegiate career is the one in indoor volleyball.

So when the opportunity came for the Tigresses to advance to the Finals on Sunday, Rondina couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with the surreal feeling of being in the Finals for the first time.       

With the likes of rookies Eya Laure, Kecelyn Galdones and Ysa Jimenez and veterans Caitlyn Viray, setter Alina Bicar and Rica Rivera to back her up, the graduating open spiker finally realized her longtime dream of making it to the biggest stage of the most popular second semester sport.   

“Ang sarap sa feeling pala na ganitong mag-Finals kaya thankful ako sa kanila kasi naramdaman ko rin sa indoor, kasi naka-apat ako sa beach volley eh,” said an elated Rondina after the Tigresses dethroned three-time champion De La Salle University on Sunday in a hard-fought five-set win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four.

Rondina, who is playing in her swan song, led the Tigresses to end an eight-year Finals drought.

The pride of Cebu has been pursuing the indoor volleyball championship ticket ever since she first donned the Tigresses' jersey.

A woman of dedication and unquestionable love for UST, Rondina gave everything she's got since Day 1 for a chance to lead the Tigresses back to its former glory.

Season 80 may have pulled down the Tigresses to rock bottom after a seventh place finish – UST’s worst in 17 years – but even that didn’t diminish Rondina’s desire to reach her goal.       

“Ang natutunan ko sa limang taon, sobrang ‘yung di ka titigil sa pangarap mo. Walang susuko,” said the top Season 81 MVP contender. “Sabi ko nga first year ko pa lang, gustong-gusto ko ng makakuha ng Finals appearance, hindi lang naman Finals ang goal ko talaga.”

Now with just two wins away from the elusive crown against a yet to be determined rival with Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University scheduled to battle on Wednesday for the last Finals slot, Rondina and the Tigresses are gearing up for one last push.

Two more victories to quench a nine-year thirst for glory.  

“Sobrang sarap sa feeling na mayroon ka rin pa lang kasamang hindi rin tumitigil sa pangarap na gusto nila. Nag-connect kaming lahat and tatrabahuhin namin ito, kukunin namin. We will claim it,” she said.

 

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