For helping the Philippines its first Southeast Asian Games women’s beach volleyball podium finish since 2005, Sisi Rondina is set to be conferred as Ms. Volleyball in the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards Night on March 6.
In addition, Rondina is also being recognized in her home province, as the Compostela, Cebu native is also a 37th SMB-SAC All-Cebu Sports Awardee, where she will receive the award on Feb. 29 in Cebu City.
Rondina, who is now with the newly-formed Creamline beach volleyball club, joins the ranks of Alyssa Valdez (three times), Mika Reyes and Dawn Macandili who were previously bestowed with the prestigious PSA honor.
“For me, blessed sobra di ko naman din po inakala na ganito po ang ibabalik sa akin. Minahal ko lang talaga mga committments ko and syempre putting efforts sa lahat ng mga ginagawa ko lalo sa paglalaro po,” said the 23-year old Rondina.
Prior to winning the SEA Games bronze medal, Rondina joined forces with her long-time partner Bernadeth Pons in steering the Philippines to a quarterfinals finish in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Boracay Open last May.
In the same month, Rondina was scintillating in the taraflex floor, winning the MVP honors for University of Santo Tomas, and leading the Tigresses to their UAAP women’s volleyball finals appearance in eight years.
In her last season in the sand court, Rondina paired with Babylove Barbon to cement UST’s status as the most successful women’s beach volleyball program while claiming her fourth MVP plum.
Rondina takes pride from her roots in Cebu.
“Wow, people are treating me like that po pero di ko iniisip yang mga ganyan kasi everyone can be a pride of their town but thankful kasi isa ako sa mga nabiyayaan,” said Rondina.
Beach Volleyball Republic founder Charo Soriano also has kind words for Rondina.
“I’ve been watching Sisi since her younger years. And I’ve seen her play with so much raw passion. And people love the way she plays,” said Soriano, who is also the national team manager.