Rondina ‘down’ as Lifesavers end Petron’s winning streak

by Amabelle Coleen San Pedro

Generika-Ayala Lifesavers left a low-spirited Sisi Rondina after ending Petron Blaze Spikers’ winning streak in a five-set match, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 31-33, 15-11, during the Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Invitationals Cup 2018 on Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Both teams flaunted break even aggressiveness throughout the game especially come crucial fourth set where powerhouse Petron pulled off 33-31 and extended the match to a deciding set.

The unpredictability of the attacks from Lifesavers’ Patty Orendain, who scored 23 alongside Angeli Araneta who posted 20 markers and Fiola Ceballos with 13, spelled the difference for the team as they handed the Blaze Spikers its first loss in four matches.

“Actually, down. Kasi hindi gumalaw ‘yung Petron,” Rondina told FOX Sports PH on her insight about Petron’s performance. “Nalulusutan talaga kami and hindi namin na-overcome ‘yun.”

The five-foot-six athlete highlighted the team’s lack of speed when it comes to blocking and even pointed herself guilty for posting only two blocks in the whole match.

But Rondina, who is also known for her signature “RondiNapapagod” (tireless) attitude in UAAP, wil surely rise again with the refreshed mindset of the team come their next match with F2 Logistics Cargo Movers on Saturday, July 14.

“Sabi nga ni Coach kanina, hindi kami yung naglalaro. Kalaban namin sarili namin so mas maging mapagmatyag kami na ilabas talaga namin yung kaya namin,” the UST golden tigress said.

Nonetheless, despite the strong attacks executed by the Lifesavers, Rondina was still unstoppable finishing with 10 points in the game with Mika Reyes and Bernadeth Pons with 13 apiece.

(Photo Courtesy of Philippine Superliga)



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