Is Cherry Rondina the best beach volleyball player right now?
Paul Lintag on May 23, 2017 08:26 PM
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if you team up with Sisi on a beach volleyball tournament, you'll probably end up winning. (BVR)
Two-time UAAP champion, two-time UAAP MVP, PSL champion, and now, newly-crowned BVR champion.
Is it time to call Cherry Rondina as the best beach volleyball player in the land?
You guys decide, but the UST star makes a pretty strong case.
More than her explosive play for the UST Golden Tigresses, the Cebuana hotshot actually has more success when the action shifts to the sand.
After announcing her UAAP presence by sweeping the Season 77 beach volleyball tournament as a rookie, Rondina has seen an incredible rise in her performance for this current beach volleyball seasson.
The spitfire spiker now has a string of three victories in beach volleyball, winning UAAP Season 79, the 2017 PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup, and on her first tournament on tour, the Currimao, Ilocos Norte leg of BVR.
Oh, and she won all of those with three different partners. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if you team up with Sisi on a beach volleyball tournament, you'll probably end up winning.
"Pag gusto mo talaga manalo, dapat may sangkap na trabaho, tyaga, pasensya, and ayun, always ako nagpe-pray talaga," Rondina told ABS-CBN Sports on the secret behind her beach volleyball prowess.
"Siguro doon lumalabas kasi every time na may hawak akong bola, or nasa akin yung bola, parang tine-treasure ko na dapat i-puntos ko to, yun yung always na nasa isip ko," she added.
Aside from the change in venue, the main difference between indoor and beach volleyball is that there are only two players per team in the latter.
That alone is one of the biggest adjustments one has to make in order to be successful in the transition.
Sisi has basically mastered that, all for the love of the game and for the love of winning.
"Sa beach volleyball kasi, yun nga dalawa lang kayo, and kailangan mo talaga ng mahabang pasensya lalo na sa partner mo," Rondina said.
"Tapos malalim yung buhangin, hindi katulad sa indoor na marami kayo, naguusap kayo, maraming makakatulong sayo, maraming tumutulong sayo, sa beach volley dalawa lang kayong nagtutulungan," she added.
Winning a championship with three different leagues, Rondina likewise shared that the key to that is nothing special.
It's only a matter of giving your best every game, it doesn't matter where you're playing.
"We have the discipline talaga na pag kung saan ka naka-commit dun ka lang. Kung ano man yung may liga, dun ka," she said.
"Parang send yourself sa liga na yun. Dito sa BVR, since under kami ng UST, we will play talaga and syempre ayaw din naman namin na parang maglalaro lang kami, syempre gusto din namin manalo," Rondina added.
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