Beach volleyball tandem of Rondina, Pons turns attention to SEA Games

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SISI RONDINA and Bernadeth Pons topped the just-concluded 2019 Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open and hopes to use it as a springboard in their campaign at the 30th Southeast Asian Games beginning next week. — REBISCO BEACH VOLLEYBALL INTERNATIONAL OPEN

AFTER topping the just-concluded Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open at the Sands SM By The Bay, the women’s beach volleyball tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons are turning their attention to the 30th Southeast Asian Games which the country is hosting beginning next week.

One of two teams representing the Philippine women’s team in the biennial regional sporting meet, Misses Rondina and Pons hope to do well in the competition, armed with the lessons they got in the international open which concluded last Sunday.

“It was hard competing with the international teams as they had taller and more experienced players,” said Rondina, a four-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines beach volleyball champion for University of Santo Tomas, of the competition they had at the recent international open.

“But the experience we got from there would go a long way. We joined the tournament to prepare ourselves for the SEA Games and I think we got just that,” she added.

In topping the Rebisco tournament, Misses Rondina and Pons defeated the team of Dij Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio, 21-10, 21-16, in an all-Filipino finale.

Misses Rodriguez and Gervacio incidentally make up the second women’s team for the Philippines in the SEA Games.

The two gave their fancied rivals fits in the second set but Misses Rondina and Pons displayed tremendous composure to prevail in the championship match of the tournament, presented by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc., in cooperation with Beach Volleyball Republic.

A total of 20 teams, eight in women and 12 in men, participated in the Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open, which was also backed by Liberty Insurance, Glorious Blend and Globe Telecom.

Beach volleyball in the SEA Games begins on Nov. 29 then on Dec. 1 to 6 at the Subic Tennis Courts.

Representing the Philippines in the men’s competition, meanwhile, are the teams of Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia, and Anthony Arbasto and James Buytrago. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo