SEA Games: PH women's beach volley routs Malaysia for win No. 2

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2019 12:11 PM

SEA Games: PH women's beach volley routs Malaysia for win No. 2 1
Dij Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio celebrate a point during their match against Malaysia in Women's Beach Volleyball at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Subic Tennis Court Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

SUBIC, Philippines -- The Philippine women's beach volleyball team, led by Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, continues its winning streak after securing its second win in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at Subic Tennis Court, Monday. 

Rondina and Pons showed might in the first game as they thrashed the duo from Malaysia, Hsi Yan Tan and Tasha Mae, 21-13, 21-9, but needed to wait for the results of the second match. 

Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez, on the other hand, did not disappoint the fabled SiPons tandem as they came back from a set deficit against Shu Woon Joo and Sin Xi Foo en route to a match sweep for the Philippines.

Gervacio and Rodriguez eked out a 17-21, 21-13, 15-7 hard-earned victory to give the host country its second point in the tournament.

"Malaking boost to para sa next game namin kasi medyo mabigat-bigat," said Gervacio, who admitted they still need to practice chemistry inside the sand court. 

The victory keeps the chances of the Philippines in the medal contention with 2 points. The two pairs have managed to put the team in the winning column after a narrow defeat from Indonesia in the opening game. 

"It's a team effort for us. Konti na lang makukuha na natin yung goal natin. Suportahan niyo lang kami hanggang matapos ang SEA Games," Rondina told ABS-CBN News. 

They bounced back through a golden match against Vietnam yesterday to book their first point. 

Rondina is hoping to take the silver medal in the round-robin competition as she eyes to win their next game and Indonesia to suffer a defeat. 

"Malalakas 'yung mga team ngayon basta maglalaro lang kami ide-defend namin 'yung Pilipinas kahit anong mangyari," Rondina promised. 

The Filipina sand spikers will face another tough battle at the hands of Thailand on December 3, Tuesday, at the same venue. 

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