STA. ROSA, Laguna — Women’s national team captain Aby Maraño treats Thailand’s drubbing as a huge lesson when they try to win the silver medal match against Indonesia on Sunday in the ASEAN Grand Prix Second Leg at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Gym.
After the Thais dominated the 10-woman Philippines, 12-25, 16-25, 10-25, on Saturday, Maraño and the Filipina Spikers eye their best possible finish in the Philippine Sea Games Organizing Committee Test event.
“Sigurado ako itong nangyari sa amin against Thailand, magiging motivation to para bukas,” Maraño stressed. “Bawiin namin kung ano yung naging resulta ngayon and at the same time gusto namin i-aim yung silver.”
Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga Maddie Madayag, who missed the Thailand match due to prior commitments in the PVL, return to action as the Nationals seek to surpass their bronze medal finish in the first leg when they take on the Indonesians.
Game-time is at 5 p.m.
“Lalagpasan namin kung ano yung kinilos namin nung first leg so that tomorrow maging preparado kami sa laro,” Marano said. “Kumpleto po kami bukas, pagaaralan namin mabuti kung ano yung mga strategy at game plan na magagamit namin para maging effective sa game.”
The Philippines squandered a two-set lead and yielded in five sets to Indonesia in the first leg two weeks ago.
But Marano stressed that they learned their lesson this time as this is their chance to win a silver medal in front of their home crowd before seeing action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games next month.
“Kasi kung nagkaron nga tayo ng chance na magkabronze, ibig sabihin possible din pala na makakuha tayo ng mas mataas pa dun,” Marano said.