Rondina, Gervacio down American foes in FIVB beach volleyball Manila Open

Mark Escarlote on May 04, 2018 12:10 PM
Rondina, Gervacio down American foes
Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio swept past their American foes to open their campaign in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.

Filipina bets Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio were on fire under the scorching heat of the sun to take down the much taller and more experienced American foes, 21-12, 21-16, Friday in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the Sands SM By The Bay.

In front of their home crowd, Rondina and Gervacio outwitted Lindsey Fuller and Kaley Melville with good ball placements and heady attacks to neutralize the height advantage of their American opponents.

"Nilaro lang namin. Ako, honestly, hindi ako sila pinuri na, 'Uy ang lalaki nila, ang tatangkad nila.' Parang shino-showcase ko na lang kung ano ang kaya kong gawin na kayang ipagmalaki ng mga Pilipinong nanonood sa amin," said Rondina, a three-time UAAP beach volleyball champion and member of the national squad that saw action in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore with Bernadeth Pons.

The Pinays opened with 13-8 lead in the opening set before the Americans rallied to close the gap, 15-11.

But the Filipinas countered with another explosive scoring blitz to frustrate their rivals.

Fuller and Melville regrouped in the second frame to take an early lead but the home pair clawed back with another blistering scoring spurt to take control of the frame, 17-10.

The Americans got a whiff of second wind to creep closer, 19-15, before the PHI moved at match point.

Gervacio gave up a point on a long attack but Melville surrendered the match on an overcooked service.

Rondina and Gervacio will take on the Spanish pair of Paula Soria Guttierez and Maria Belen Carro, who demolished South Africa's Simone Sittig and Luciana Pierangeli, 21-8, 21-9, in the afternoon.

Rondina and Gervacio's win gave the PHI its first win in the $10,000, one-star tournament after three other Pinay tandems fell in their respective matches.

Pinay wildcard entries DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia bowed down to the top seed duo of Paraguay's Michelle Amarilla and Erika Bobadilla, 19-21, 13-21.

Beach Volleyball Republic founders Charo Soriano and Bea Tan were easily brushed off by the Japanese tandem of Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori, 10-21, 9-21 while the two-time BVR national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag came up short against Malaysia Open silver medalists Katja Stam and Julia Wouters of the Netherlands, 14-21, 11-21.

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