Isa na lang -- Marano on future with national team

Mark Escarlote on Dec 20, 2019 06:08 PM
Isa na lang -- Marano on future with national team
Ako I think after this SEA Games gusto ko pa ng isa pa. Isa na lang tapos pwede ko na maiwanan ‘yung national team -- Aby Marano

Team captain Aby Marano is looking at a possible one last tour of duty in the Southeast Asian Games before calling it quits for the Philippine women’s volleyball squad.

“Ako I think after this SEA Games gusto ko pa ng isa pa,” said Marano. “Isa na lang tapos pwede ko na maiwanan ‘yung national team.”

Known for her tenacity and aggressiveness inside the court, her passion and love for the sport and unquestionable heart as a leader, the 27-year old veteran served her country well donning the tricolors for the last four years.

But the middle blocker knows that there will come a time when she will need to give way to new blood and young guns.     

“Siyempre moving forward gusto mo na makita naman ang mga bata na sila naman. Panahon naman nila,” Marano said.

Marano has been a part of the national team since 2015.

She was a member of the PHI squad that saw action in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games -- the first time that the country fielded a team in the biennial meet after a decade.

Marano again played for the Nationals in the 2017 edition of the Games in Kuala Lumpur and in the Asian Games in Indonesia last year when she was named captain.

When the country hosted the 30th staging of the SEA Games recently, Marano was there playing her heart out in front of the home crowd.

Unfortunately, the podium finish remained elusive for Marano and the Nationals, who last bagged a medal in the SEA Games back in 2005 after salvaging a bronze.

It was another heartbreaking campaign for Marano, but it also fueled her desire to do more two years from now in the Hanoi, Vietnam SEA Games.  

Playing alongside young middles Majoy Baron and Maddie Madayag, Marano feels that the Nationals’ future is bright.

“At least proud ako na si Majoy ang ganda na ng nilalaro niya. Nu’ng dumating siya sa La Salle siya yung iyak ng iyak sa akin na kailangan niyang matuto kasi tinawag siyang nothing,” said Marano of the former UAAP Most Valuable Player. “Kaya pagdating sa training noong college lagi ko siyang isinasama, isinasabay ko siya sa drills. Tinututukan ko siya.”

“Ngayon sobra akong proud kasi nararating niya yung ganda ng career. At the age of 23 napakarami na niyang awards pagdating sa pagiging middle blocker. Tapos nag-mature na siya,” she added.

Marano sees great things coming for the PHI team with Baron and Madayag on board even when the time comes that she has to step out of the squad.   

“Sabi ko siguro ang sarap iwanan ng national team na alam kong mayroong katulad ni Majoy na magi-step up. And of course we have Maddie na very potential na isa sa magiging gem natin sa national team,” she said.



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