ABY Maraño may have been left in tears after F2 Logistics was dethroned by Petron in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference, but the feisty spiker remained defiant as ever.
The 24-year-old Maraño, who was seen inconsolable after the heartbreaking loss, eventually recovered and chose to treat the defeat as a learning experience for the Cargo Movers.
"Challenge ito para sa team namin na mag-improve pa kami at mag-mature kami as individuals and as a team," said Maraño.
"Siyempre 'yung Petron, gustong-gusto nilang manalo at gustong-gusto din naman naming manalo kaya umabot ng five sets. Pero siguro talagang mas gusto nila kaya nanalo sila at deserving sila para doon," she added.
The F2 star admitted that she saw the aggressiveness and hunger of the Blaze Spikers in the championship series, things the Cargo Movers hope to carry over to the next conference.
"We'll see to it na every training na magkakaron kami, mas magiging aggressive kami matuto at mag-improve pa," she said
The former La Salle standout will next play in The Battle of the Rivals on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena before turning her focus on Philippine women’s volleyball team training in Japan. She vows to apply lessons she takes from the camp and the international competitions when she returns to train with F2 on September, a month before the next PSL tournament.
"Mag-fofocus talaga ako doon. Talagang hindi ko palalagpasin na may matutunan ako doon na madadala ko para sa Team Pilipinas. Sa ganun naman tuloy-tuloy na 'yung kondisyon namin sa Asian Seniors at sa SEA Games," she said.
"Wala na pong pahinga hanggang December na po ito. Volleyball is life."