DESPITE twice losing in the finals, former La Salle star Aby Marano thinks the future remains bright for the once mighty Lady Spikers.
Marano believes the Taft-based school will still be a force to reckon with in the coming season when the team is expected to bring back an intact lineup, including skipper Ara Galang and Camille Cruz depending on how fast they recover from their respective injuries.
Playing without Galang and Cruz, La Salle was swept by Ateneo in this year’s UAAP women’s volleyball finals as the Lady Eagles won a second straight championship.
The Katipunan-based school first won its breakthrough title last season when it overcame the thrice-to-beat advantage of La Salle in the finals. The stint also proved to be the last year of Marano.
But looking at this current batch of Lady Spikers, Marano admitted seeing a lot of similarities from the time she was still starting with La Salle, which won three straight titles from 2011-13.
“Nakikita ko ‘yung sarili ko sa kanila nung nagsisimula pa lang ako sa La Salle. Gusto ng bawat isa na ma-involved,” said Maraño.
She cited the likes of Joy Baron and Christine Soyud, who picked up the cudgels for the team during Saturday’s Game Two as they tried to fill the void left by Galang and Cruz.
Baron scored nine points in the 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 loss.
“Dumating sila na nene pa pero ngayon, kita mo na nag-poprovide sila sa team,” Maraño said.
Despite the loss, Maraño said she remains proud of the team’s accomplishment, noting the Lady Spikers were able to return to the finals a year after she left the team.
“Masaya pa rin ako dahil hindi pa rin nawawala ‘yung La Salle sa mga championship games. Ibig sabihin, nandoon pa rin sila. Kaya manonood pa rin ako sa kanila to support them,” said Maraño.