Beach volleyball: Pons-Rondina arrange all-Filipino finals with Gervacio-Rodriguez


Posted at Nov 17 2019 05:32 PM

Philippines sand court superstars Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons continue to roll in the 2019 Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open at the Sands SM By The Bay. Handout

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines' top pair of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons punched their ticket to the women's finals of the 2019 Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open on Sunday at the Sands SM By the Bay.

This, after sweeping Hong Kong's Yeung Wai Yan and Koo Yung Yung, 21-14, 21-10.

Aside from her smart plays and attacks, Rondina had a couple of solid blocks in the opening set to frustrate Hong Kong.

"Lagi kaming nag-uusap in the past five games," said Rondina after their solid partnership with Pons remained perfect in the tournament presented by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc., in cooperation with Beach Volleyball Republic.

Rondina and Pons are the country's best hopes for a beach volleyball medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this month in Subic.

The other Filipina pair in the SEA Games, Dij Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio, also improved to 5-0 after tripping New Zealand's Renei Ursem and Olivia Macdonald, 21-14, 21-14, to face Rondina and Pons in the finals.

It will be also an All-Filipino championship in the men's side, with KR Guzman and Jaron Requinton battling it out with Efraim Dimaculangan and Rancel Varga for the crown.

Guzman and Requinton continued to roll following a 21-16, 21-19 conquest of top-ranked Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia in the semifinals.

Dimaculangan and Varga topped DMM-Thailand 2's Chaiphichit Khongin and Chairat Hanrasa, 21-17, 21-18, in the other pairing.

A total of 20 teams, eight in women and 12 in men, participated in the competition.

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