AMID the doubts and uncertainty that had enveloped the La Salle camp in the wake of the heartbreaking Game Three loss to Ateneo on Wednesday afternoon, one man whose faith in Lady Spikers skipper Aby Marano remained unshaken was Robert Bolick.
Bolick, a member of La Salle's basketball team, also happened to be Marano's boyfriend. And while he was quick to console the Lady Spikers' acknowledged leader in the wake of the 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-17 defeat, he has no doubt Marano is still capable of willing her team to victory.
“Support ko siya (Marano) all the way,” said Bolick, an incoming sophomore for the Green Archers in their title-retention campaign in the UAAP, said when Spin.ph caught up with him after the game.
The Game Three loss negated the thrice-to-beat advantage the Lady Spikers earned after a 14-game sweep of the two-round eliminations and put their quest for a record fourth successive UAAP women's volleyball championship in jeopardy.
But if there's someone who can bring La Salle back to life in the winner-take-all match on Saturday, Bolick said it should be the talismanic Marano, who he said is the "best team captain I've seen in my life."
Situations like this, Bolick said, only bring out Marano's fighting qualities, recalling one game in last year's finals against Ateneo when the Lady Spikers battled back from a two-set deficit.
“Last year down two zero sila pero nanalo sila,” said the former star guard of La Salle Greenhills. “Ang La Salle may heart of a champion 'yan, lalo na si Aby di papatalo 'yan.”
But regardless of what happens on Saturday, Bolick said he will always be there to support Marano.
“Love na love ko 'yan si Aby kahit anong mangyari. She's the best captain I've ever seen in my life,” said the ball player. "Nandito lang ako, kahit down siya andito ako para sa kanya.
"Kaya namin ito, kaya ng La Salle ito."