PLAYING IN HER final year in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, captain Sisi Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses is hoping to make it a farewell season to remember as she tries to lead her team deeper into the ongoing tournament.

And the star outside hitter said she is bullish of them achieving their goals, more so with her teammates delivering from their end as well.

Already assured of a Final Four spot with a 9-4 record and a game left in their elimination schedule, the Tigresses on the lead of Rondina are in solid form, something the latter is excited about.

“Aside from making into the Final Four, the great thing about it is that my younger teammates are very responsible and listening and we are helping each other out,” said Rondina, the league’s leading scorer with an average of 18.3 points per game.

“It is really paying off for us,” added the senior player, who is also the reigning UAAP player of the week.

Apart from Rondina, also doing it for UST are top rookie Eya Laure, the league’s second-leading scorer with an average of 16.7 points, KC Galdones, Caitlin Viray, Dimdim Pacres and, of late, Ysa Jimenez.

Including their last victory over the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on April 14, the Tigresses have won three straight and are to play their last game in the elims against the National University Lady Bulldogs on April 27.

“I always wanted to reach the championship and I will try everything to achieve that. Hopefully all our efforts and hard work will pay off,” Rondina said.

Currently the Tigresses are at third place but they still have a shot at catching up with second-running and defending champions De La Salle Lady Spikers (9-3) if they win their game against NU and La Salle lose at least one of their two remaining matches.

In winning the player of the week honors, which is given by media covering the league, Rondina beat out NU rookie Princess Robles, La Salle freshman Jolina Dela Cruz and University of the East’s Judith Abil and Mean Mendrez.

Volleyball action in UAAP Season 81 resumes from its Lenten break on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City with La Salle battling UE (3-9) at 2 p.m. and league-leading Ateneo Lady Eagles (10-2) colliding with the Adamson Lady Falcons (1-11) at 4 p.m. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo