2024 PVL All-Filipino Conference: Rondina upbeat on Flying Titans chances

Sisi Rondina’s leadership will be a crucial element aimed at guiding the Choco Mucho Flying Titans to a dream finish in the 2024 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference.

Despite their setback in the last All-Filipino Conference, where they narrowly missed snaring the championship against the Creamline Cool Smashers, Rondina remains optimistic about the upcoming centerpiece tournament reeling off Tuesday (Feb. 20) at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Sisi Rondina of the Choco Mucho Flying Titans [photo credit: PVL Images]
Sisi Rondina of the Choco Mucho Flying Titans [photo credit: PVL Images]

The departure of key players like Bea de Leon, Dendez Lazaro-Revilla and Caitlyn Viray has created a void in the team. However, the arrival of talented players such as Royse Tubino, Mean Mendrez, Mars Alba and Bia General should ably fill that void.

Rondina expresses excitement about playing alongside her new teammates and showcasing their skills in a tournament that promises intense competition from 11 other teams.

Having fully adapted to coach Dante Alinsunurin’s system and play patterns, the Flying Titans enter the AFC fray with utmost confidence. Rondina acknowledges the importance of overcoming off-days and nights but stresses personal improvement.

Despite emerging the top scorer and ranking high in various statistics after the semifinals in the last AFC, she remains focused on refining her skills.

“Sana, kasi maraming mga instances na pwedeng off. Maraming pangyayari na hindi natin alam pero siyempre mas pino-focus ko talaga kung saan talaga ako weak talaga, ‘yung receive ko. So, unti-unti, nag-i-improve naman,” said Rondina.

Downplaying expectations for the team, Rondina guarantees that the Flying Titans will approach each game with determination and winning mindset. She admits the uncertainty of the conference due to the level playing field but underscores the team’s commitment to hard work and adherence to Alinsunurin’s teachings.

“Expectations? Wala, kasi madaming teams ang sumali ngayon. Sabi nga, bilog ‘yung bola. Hindi natin malalaman kung ano ‘yung takbo ng conference,” Rondina said.

“Hindi namin iniisip ‘yun (expectations) actually, hindi naman dapat iniisip ‘yun. Pero sabi ko, lagi kaming magta-trabaho, ipapakita po namin kung paano kami mag training at paano po namin maipe-perform yung mga tinuturo ni coach,” she added.

While expressing happiness for her former teammates and their growth with their new teams, Rondina remains focused on Choco Mucho’s goals.

“Happy po ako sa kanila, kasi mas mag go-grow pa sila sa team na pinuntahan nila. Wish ko lang sa kanila na mag iingat, siyempre nalulungkot ako pero okay lang kasi alam kong ikakasaya nila ‘yun at choice nila ‘yun,” Rondina said.

Choco Mucho kicks off its campaign against Nxled today, February 22. This will be followed by a challenging match against the Petro Gazz Angels.

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