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STILL QUEENS OF THE SAND | UST claims 3rd straight UAAP beach volley crown

UST tema captain Sisi Rondina (5th from left) hoist the championship trophy after completing another perfect season in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball Sunday. Jade Moya/ Dugout Philippines

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA-- University of Santo Tomas collared its third straight title by sweeping DE La Salle University on the best-of-three finals of the UAAP 81 women's beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay in Pasay Sunday.

Four-time MVP Sisi Rondina and Rookie of the Year Babylove Barbon capped off another unbeaten run with a masterful 21-7, 21-16 Game 2 win over Tine Tiamzon and Mich Morente for the title, the EspaƱa-based schools' sixth beach volleyball crown over-all.  

And they did that with even dropping a set in 19 matches dating back from Season 79.

After barely surviving La Salle en route to a 21-18, 21-19 win in Game 1, Rondina and Barbon waxed hot in the first set of Game 2 and never looked back since.

"Nag-start ako ng first year parang alam ko sa sarili ko na wala pang napapatunayan kasi ganito lang, maliit lang ako," said Rondina, who had a hand on four championships and finished with a 40-6 win-loss record.  

"Pero the time na nananalo kami, puwede pala. Bonus na itong MVP. Ang goal ko lang talaga manalo at makapagbigay para sa UST."

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