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UST dominates in beach volley opener, Morente wins first game as Lady Archers

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Defending champion University of the Santo Tomas quickly dispatched University of the Philippines while La Salle took three sets to cruise past runner-up Far Eastern University, in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay on Monday.

UST’s veteran and rookie tandem Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon dominate UP’s Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-12, 21-12, to start their campaign on a high note.

Rondina, who is about to exhaust her playing years, made sure that she will bring home the crown for the fourth straight time this season.

Sana makuha namin ‘to para maganda ‘yung exit. Siyempre, hindi rin kami, ako papayag na aalis akong walang makuha. Tatrabahuhin pa rin namin. Magkakabuhusan na lang talaga,” Rondina said.

Meanwhile, Michelle Morente made her much-awaited debut with DLSU alongside Tim Tiamzon, but broke down in second set before escaping FEU’s Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan, 21-14, 20-22, 15-10.

“At first we were shaky. It’s a good thing that we won na pinaghirapan talaga namin ni Tin ito sa training and buti naman lumabas yung mga pinaghirapan namin,” said the former Lady Eagles Morente.

NU’s Klymince Orilleneda and Antonnete Landicho would Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 21-11, 21-14, while Adamson took home the win over UE, 21-14, 21-15.