Pons-Rondina tandem returns at BVR on Tour Lianga leg
MANILA, Philippines—All eyes will be on the prolific duo of Cherry Rondina and Berndeth Pons as they renew their partnership at the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour at Gran Ola, Lianga this weekend.
Petron’s mythical pairing of Rondina and Pons have won a multitude of gold medals across several tournaments and gave the Philippines a quarterfinal finish in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Boracay Open in May.
The two take on another task at Gran Ola Eco Surf Camp as they banner the 10-team women division in the tournament.
American Olympian David McKienzie will partner with Raja Nazmi of Malaysia in the 12-team men’s division.
Meanwhile, Babylove Barbon, who partnered with Rondina in University of Santo Tomas’ third straight UAAP beach volleyball triumph in Season 82, pairs up with Gen Eslapor in the Tigresses’ first team.
Derie Virtusio and Mer Jauculan make up UST’s second team in the tiff.
Also in contention for the women’s championship are Sta. Lucia’s Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño, Perlas’ Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez, National University-Boysen’s Andrea Ablan and Trisha Yap, Jose Maria College’s Kristine Deguinon and Daphne Doblado, the team of Chlea dele Fuente and MJ Ebro, and two other local pairs.
Jaron Requinton, who paired up with Krung Arbasto put UST back in the king’s chair last year, reconnected with Efraem Dimaculangan for the Growling Tigers’ first team.
Menchel Remulta and Rancel Verga partner up for UST’s second team.
#FTA’s AJ Pareja and Pemie Bagalay, Outwork-Bacolod’s Neil De Pedro and Nichol Jundana, the team of Mike Shavrak and Eivan Antillano, Davao’s Calvin Sarte and Edmar Flores, Far Eastern University 1’s Jude Garcia and Doy Barrica, FEU 2’s Kevin Hadlocon and Edelberto Denoy Jr., National University’s James Natividad and James Buytrago, Tigers’ KR Guzman and Arbasto, and Singapore’s Poon Pei Jie and Nicholas Kiu round out the men’s division.
An exhibition match is also scheduled for the weekend event as well as a Sandroots clinic.