Rondina, Pons claim 2nd title in BVR on Tour

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CREAMLINE 1’s Cherry Ann “Sisi” Rondina and Bernadeth Pons completed yet another perfect run en route to capturing their second title in the BVR on Tour in Santa. Ana, Cagayan on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

Rondina, the pride of Compostela, Cebu, led her team to a 21-13, 21-11 defeat of Creamline 2’s Dij Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio in the finals to emerge as the champions of the second leg just a week after claiming the first leg crown.

Rondina and Pons went perfect in 13 matches in the two-leg bubble and have actually won 19 consecutive games dating back to the 2019 Lianga leg where the prolific duo also emerged victorious.

Also pulling off a championship double are Krung Arbasto and Jude Garcia of Creamline 1 as they bested Tuguegarao’s James Pecaña and AJ Pareja, 21-17, 21-16, in the men’s finale.

It was Rondina’s fifth BVR crown, while Pons captured her third. The twin Santa Ana legs also served as a build-up for the national team standouts led by Rondina and Pons for next month’s Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championship in Phuket, Thailand.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to play here,” said Rondina.

In the semis, Rondina and Pons withstood PLDT’s Ella and Iza Viray’s A-game in the first set before hammering out a 21-17, 21-12 victory to advance to the title match.

Rodriguez and Gervacio scraped past Sta. Lucia 1’s Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño, 21-13, 17-21, 18-16, in the 52-minute semifinal to arrange a championship duel with Rondina and Pons.

The Viray twins turned back Estoquia and Demontaño, 21-17, 21-19, to claim the bronze medal.

The title was the seventh for Arbasto in BVR, while Garcia captured his second straight--all in the bubble as the duo are looking forward to performing well in international competitions.

Arbasto and Garcia, who are also undefeated in 14 matches in the bubble, first marched to the title match via injury forfeit after Negros Occidental Beach Volleyball Club’s Eljhay Ronquillo was not able to complete the game.

Pecaña and Pareja booked a finals date with Arbasto and Garcia after defeating EVI Construction’s Doy Barrica and KR Guzman, 21-17, 21-14, in the other half of the semifinals. (JNP)

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