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UST, FEU sweep respective competition

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Defending champions University of Santo Tomas swept the women’s division, while the men’s team of Far Eastern University also completed a seven-game sweep, in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament at Sands SM By The Bay, on Friday.

UST’s deadly combo of Cherry Rondina and Babylove Barbon easily finished FEU’s Ivana Agudo and Sheena Gallentes, 21-9, 21-5, to advance in the Finals for four consecutive years, and will take on the winner of the stepladder semifinals on Saturday.

Rondina felt a bit emotional entering into the Finals due to the fact that she is about to exhaust her playing years in UAAP, but she remains focused on defending the crown for UST.

“May halong kaba at emosyon, kasi siguro nagsisink-in sa akin na last ko na, pero hindi pa naman kami panalo and meron pa rin Finals,” Rondina said. “Tatrabahuin pa rin naman and walang titigil kasi bilog ang bola.”

Michelle Morente and Tin Tiamzon of La Salle took home the semis advantage at the expense of UP’s Issa Molde and Justine Durog, 21-17, 21-14, although the latter barely made it to the Final Four by landing at the fourth spot.

NU’s Antonette Landicho and Kly Orillaneda would then grab the third spot by dispatching Adamson University’s Hannah Infante and Gracelchen Ave, 21-16, 21-11.

In the men’s division, the duo of Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon secured Finals berth for the FEU by pummelling Ateneo’s Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos, 21-3, 21-5.

UST’s Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton claimed the twice-to-beat advantage over defending champions Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of National University, 30-32, 21-12, 15-13, while Adamson’s Pao Pablico and Jesus Valdez defeated Geraint Bacon and Paul Serrano of De La Salle University, 21-18, 21-18, to book a spot at the Final Four.