NATIONAL team skipper Aby Maraño sets her focus on the solution instead of the problem as Southeast Asian Games draws closer.
With less than month to go before the biennial meet from November 30 to December 11, the Pinay spikers are working double time to polish everything including team chemistry.
Fresh off their 12-day training camp in Japan, the Nationals were off to a good start in the Philippine Super Liga Super Cup, defeating Team Shine in straight sets on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
Although the team wasn’t complete as Creamline duo Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado need to prepare for their finals series against Petro Gazz in the Premier Volleyball League.
“May intindihan kasi sa loob ng team namin,” said Maraño. “Maganda rin kila coach, kung may mga problema, hindi nila pinaparamdaman na sobrang bigat naman ng problema.”
“Lagi kaming best effort kung paano sosolusyunan para iwasan din na masyado kaming ma-stress. Di na namin ‘yun [mga problema] iniintindi, ang importante sa amin kung paano kami magje-jell inside the court and oustide, paano namin mabubuo ‘yung friendship, ‘yung family,” she added.
The outspoken middle blocker, however, admitted that they still have a lot of work to do especially they cannot be complete in training all the time.
“Okay naman ‘yung chemistry. Siguro lang hindi pa rin sapat. Kulang pa rin kasi may mga panahon na di namin nakakasama ‘yung [ibang] players, may mga panahon na ‘di pa rin kami nakukumpleto. Siguro napupunan naman ‘yung pagkukulang,” she said.
But if there’s a positive outcome, it’s that everyone in the team makes it to a point to step up.
“Ang maganda lang din talaga kung sino ‘yung natitira, kung sino ‘yung mga nakakapaglaro, hindi sinasayang ‘yung oras,” said Maraño.
“Bawat isa sa amin na nagsstay sa national team, hindi namin sinasayang ‘yung panahon at oras. Kaya kahit papaano, may kulang man, ‘di namin nararamdaman masyado kasi naka-focus kami sa pag-grow ng bawat isa, at ng isang buong team,” she added.