Coach Kung Fu always got Sisi's back

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 20, 2020 05:56 PM
Coach Kung Fu always got Sisi's back
On and off the court, Kungfu Reyes is a mentor to Sisi Rondina

Sisi Rondina had been a promising prospect hailing all the way from Cebu.

She then wasted no time making an immediate impact for University of Sto. Tomas - in beach volleyball, at the very least.

As a rookie, the diminutive spiker led the Golden Tigresses to the promised land.

She would go on to earn a total of four championships, including a three-peat, and four MVP awards.

In indoor volleyball, however, it wasn't until the arrival of head coach Kungfu Reyes that Rondina finally got into her groove.

As a third-year Golden Tigress, she became a full-fledged starter.

A year later, "The Cherry Bomb" only became better and then in her graduating season, she was hailed as MVP and rallied the black and gold all the way to the Finals.

All of it, made possible by coach Kungfu who always had full faith in her. "Si Coach Kungfu yung tipo ng tao na kapag mahina ka, papalakasin ka. Sinasabihan niya ako na, 'Ang hina mo pala eh. Ang bilis mo umiyak. Wala ka pala,'" she shared in The Prospects Pod last Friday.

He then continued, "Sa ganun, tinuturuan niya ako paano mag-handle ng pressure, paano mag-handle ng emosyon."

And apparently, Reyes looks out for Rondina's best interests even outside the taraflex. "Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanya. Kapag maaga pa nga ako sa training, magkakape pa kami, mag-uusap lalo about sa love life," the latter said through chuckles.

She then continued, "Sa love life, gusto niya, basketball player din. Sabi ko naman, 'Coach, ayaw ko nyan.' Pero sa ganun, praktikal din si coach."

Indeed, Sisi Rondina became a lifetime legend in Espana under the guidance of Kungfu Reyes, her father figure in Manila. "Mas nabigyan ng direksyon yung buhay ko salamat sa kanya," she said.

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