IT’S not exactly the ending La Salle team captain Aby Marano wanted, but she said just the thought of all the love she has received from teammates and school supporters during her five-year collegiate career felt more like winning the championship itself.
“Pinaka-highlight ng career ko eh 'yung sobra-sobrang love na nare-receive ko sa teammates ko,” said Marano as she looked back at her playing career with the Lady Spikers at the end Season 76 of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
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“Nasasabihan ako na 'beast mode', may mga nagagalit kasi OA (over acting) daw ako, pangit daw reaction ko, may mga bashers ako pero 'yun ako eh... Pag hindi ko ginawa 'yun hindi na 'yun si Aby Maraño." Outgoing DLSU Lady Spiker team captain Aby Maraño who helped her team win three straight championships
“(That is) more than the championship.”
Of course, the end would have even been more meaningful had La Salle won a fourth straight championship. Instead, a determined Ateneo Lady Eagles side spoiled Marano's farewell party with an upset for the ages in their winner-take-all match on Saturday before 21,000 screaming fans at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After saying their prayers and consoling one another inside a gloomy dugout, the Lady Spikers quietly left the playing venue without much fanfare, so unlike the last three years when they were the toast of the league’s volleyball community.
Marano couldn't help but become emotional and nostalgic when she looked back on her carrer.
The usually strong-willed Lady Spiker was teary-eyed and lost for words when beat writers caught up with her inside the team bus shortly after the game.
“Mami-miss ko sa UAAP 'yung team ko,” she said. ”Yung mga bata pag gising ko sa umaga dadaganan na nila ako, 'yung mga tawanan namin, mga happy moments.”
Marano was likewise aware her demeanor and brand of play inside the court made her a love-her-or-hate-her figure in the league.
But the straightforward person that she is, the spiker out of Don Antonio de Zuzuarregui Sr. Memorial Academy said she was only being herself.
“Palaban po kasi talaga ang personality ko,” admitted the 21-year-old spiker, who was part of La Salle’s three championship teams in the past.
“Nasasabihan ako na 'beast mode', may mga nagagalit kasi OA (over acting) daw ako, pangit daw reaction ko, may mga bashers ako pero 'yun ako eh,” she explained. “Pag hindi ko ginawa 'yun hindi na 'yun si Aby Maraño.”
“Sa loob at labas ng court palaban ako sa buhay. Natutuwa nga ako sa mga bashers kasi dahil sa kanila mas natsa-challenge ako na i-prove na mali sila."