BORACAY – Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons left everything at the sand court before bowing Japan’s Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 17-21, 19-21, finishing the Philippines’ marketing campaign in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open supplied via Globe Saturday at the White House Beach Station 1 here
The united states of america matched its great Beach World Tour finish of fifth area inside the Manila Open 1-star final yr with Rondina and Dzi Gervacio. Incidentally, Sakurako was the one who removed Rondina and Gervacio with Shinako Tanaka.
“We are still thankful na naging kalaban namin sila. Nag-gain kami ng experience,” stated Rondina.
Rondina and Pons finished their global debut as companions with two victories. They pulled off a dominant 21-18, 21-6 win over Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina of Russia to clinch a spot within the quarterfinals after losing to Japan’s Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, sixteen-21, 19-21, earlier within the day.
“Hindi kami lumayo. Hindi kami tinalo na bugbog kami. Nakita naman na kaya namin. Kailangang mahabang preparations at ma-expose sa global tournaments,” stated Pons.
Sakurako and Minori, who’ve paired for six events this year, have been simply driven to the restriction in opposition to Rondina and Pons, the particularly-popular Filipina pair who reunited within the 4-day event organized by using the Beach Volleyball Republic.
“Rondina became tough,” said Sakurako. “She improved her defense. I do not forget closing 12 months, she changed into top in digging. She additionally improved in receiving.”
“Isang karangalan, siyempre Japanese ang nagsabi. Kapag seaside volleyball ng Japan, iba. Isang karangalan na ma-respect ng Japan ang ginalaw namin,” stated Rondina, a 4-time UAAP seashore volleyball MVP while playing for University of Santo Tomas.
The Japanese had been nevertheless capable of progress to Sunday’s semifinals in spite of the loud cheers for the Rondina-Pons tandem by using the house crowd.
“Everybody changed into cheering for the Philippines. But we simply targeted in our sport,” said Sakurako.
Rondina and Pons then have become the ultimate Filipina crew status after Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez bowed to reigning -time Asian U21 champions Pawarun Chanthawichai and Thatsarida Singchuea of Thailand, 12-21, 12-21, in the other Round of 12 duel.
Playing like a properly-oiled gadget, Tan and Rodriguez cruised to a 21-7, 21-15 win over Malaysia’s Tan Hsi Yan and Tasha Mae, in the morning session to offer the Philippines another slot within the Round of 12.
Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño dropped a heartbreaking 14-21, 21-19, 13-15 loss to Filina and Zazhigina within the very last pool in shape that eliminated the Iloilo tandemLeaving in the back of a heartbreaking 21-17, 13-21, 14-sixteen loss to Singapore’s Eliza Chong and Lau Ee Shan in ultimate Friday’s opener, Tan and Rodriguez had been in the area on both ends of the sand court docket to ship the Malaysians packing, at the same time as preserving the three-time Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour champions inside the competition.
Rondina and Pons went toe to toe with global No. 86 Ishitsubo and Shiba in both units, however the Japanese had been certainly too stylish to remain undefeated.
Rondina and Pons opened their marketing campaign with a 21-14, 21-eight convention of Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Miyuki Matsumura Friday.