|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 España-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."