MANILA, Philippines — Sisi Rondina proves time and time again that she lives up to expectations upon joining the Choco Mucho Flying Titans.
But she refuses to take credit for the Flying Titans’ success, deflecting the reward to team setter Deanna Wong and the rest of her team.
Rondina once again changed the game for her team, dragging Choco Mucho to the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) semi-finals with her 20-point, 20-receipt performance, but she praised Wong for her resilience and excellent control. .
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“Well done to Deanna. She tripped earlier, got hit by the ball, her knee hurt but she was able to continue playing. It gave me a boost because I thought I had to work harder,” Rondina said in Filipino.
Rondina and Wong led the Flyung Titans to an emotional 25-20, 23-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory over PLDT that extended their winning streak to eight matches and ended their semi-final drought after more than a year.
The high-flying energetic hitter couldn’t imagine how he pulled off his come-from-behind victory after falling to a 0-5 deficit in the fifth set. But it was fellow Cebuano Wong who saved her in a pressure-filled match en route to 24 glorious sets to go along with three points including two aces.
“I don’t understand how we did it, but I noticed everyone’s eagerness to win. PLDT really tested our endurance, especially someone like me who has a temper,” Rondina said. “However, I heard Deanna say to me, ‘Tara na day, angkinin mo na yung likod (Let’s go, woman. Dominate from the background).'”
Rondina, the former UAAP Most Valuable Player from the University of Santo Tomas, also praised Maddie Madayag, who played her heart out with 18 points, including the game-winning block that brought Choco Mucho into the semi-finals. final for the first time since the final. Open convention of the year.
“I’m grateful to Maddie. Because even when I was in the back row, they were helping me from the front. We all wanted to win as we speak. We went here not wanting to lose,” Rondina said.
“We work as a team and we work as teammates. Maddie and I are both alpha players, we clash often but we give and take. We work hard and we try to play well,” she added.
Rondina’s addition to Choco Mucho could have taken the team to the next step, but she attributes their current success to their teamwork and the Flying Titans’ drive to succeed at the highest level under the system. Embellished men’s volleyball coach Dante Alinsunurin, who is starting to make his mark. brand within the women’s division within the PVL.
“Personally, I can’t say it was because of me. I think it’s the players. Their mindset is to strengthen the workforce and move forward,” Rondina said. “It’s exhausting, but it’s important because it gives us consequences. I’m grateful because we all fought and didn’t give up.
“But you already know me, if someone offers me a chance, I give it my all. I show how irresistible I find it and how essential this job is for me. I’m grateful for this team because Coach Dante welcomed us and I hope that continues in the semifinals.
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