LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – With the ongoing finals in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, Sisi Rondina will not be around to defend her title when the Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup unwraps today at the Capitol Beach Front here.
Without the University of Santo Tomas ace, Petron has picked up Floremel Rodriguez to team up with Bernadeth Pons.
Rodriguez is a seasoned beach volley campaigner who once ruled the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. while playing for Southwestern University.
Tipped to give the Blaze Spikers a tough time are bitter rivals in F2 Logistics and Generika-Ayala A as well as PDT Home Fibr A, UVC A and Sta. Lucia Splendido.
Michelle Morente and Fritz Gallenero will represent the Cargo Movers while Patty Orendain and Fiola Ceballos, who gave Rondina and Pons a tough time in the 2017 edition, will banner the Lifesavers.
Former National Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player Gretchel Soltones and Shola Alvarez will don the colors of PLDT Home Fibr A while veteran beach volley bidder Bang Pineda and Jinggay Bangad as well as Jackie Estoquia and Dhanylaine Demontano will suit up for Sta. Lucia Splendido.