Monday, November 29, 2021

Sisi Rondina powers Creamline 1 to BVR on Tour 1st leg crown

Creamline 1's Sisi Rondina tries to score off Good Health-CDO's Babylove Barbon during their BVR on Tour women's championship match Monday in Santa Ana, Cagayan. (BVR)

Cebuana Cherry Ann “Sisi” Rondina powered Creamline 1 to the first leg championship in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour first leg after she and Bernadeth Pons dominated Good Health-CDO's Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor, 21-10, 21-16 on Monday in Santa Ana, Cagayan.

The duo was so dominant all tournament long that they went unbeaten in six matches and did not yield a single set.

One of the winningest BVR athletes, Rondina captured her fourth gold overall - and second with her enduring partnership with Pons. They also emerged victorious in the Lianga, Surigao del Sur leg back on Sept. 1, 2019 before the tour went into a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second and final leg is set on Thursday at the same Santa Ana venue, with Rondina simply looking forward to deliver again with Pons as the two, being part of the Philippine team, continue to prepare for next month's Asian Seniors Beach Volleyball Championship.

"Kailangan maging focused kami sa mga goals namin," said Rondina after the awards ceremony.

Creamline actually had a golden double, as Krung Arbasto and Jude Garcia outlasted PLDT's Rancel Varga and Efraem Dimaculangan, 21-19, 19-21, 15-12, in a back and forth men's final to win the crown.

Rondina and Pons stamped their class in a 21-8, 21-8 win over Biogenic's Heather Guino-o and Roma Joy Doromal to force a championship showdown with Barbon and Eslapor, who rallied from a set down to fashion out a 16-21, 21-17, 15-9 victory over Creamline 2's Dij Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio in the other half of the semifinals.

Gervacio and Rodriguez settled for the bronze following a 21-18, 21-14 decision over Guino-o and Doromal. (JNP)


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