ABY Maraño hopes to do better as F2 tries to seal the title, while Rachel Anne Daquis vowed to do everything to help Cignal stay in the hunt in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.
The second match of the best-of-three finals series is on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena, and Marano is eager to contribute after a coming up with only four points in the series opener.
“Actually, nada-down nga ako e pero si coach talaga 'yung nag-motivate sa akin talaga, promise,” Maraño told reporters.
“Ni-remind niya na ikaw 'yung captain diyan sa loob, 'di ka pwedeng makitaan ng kasama mo ng ganiyan.’ So, from him, nakakuha ako ng confidence.”
Kalei Mau showed the way for the Cargo Movers as usual, while Ara Galang and Majoy Baron also starred in the five-set win, but Marano is hoping to contribute more and help F2 score a quicker win.
“Kailangan namin ma-assess kung ano 'yung mga pagkakamali namin dito para hindi namin mabigyan ng heart attack sila coach,” said Maraño. “Ita-take namin 'yung challenge na hindi magiging madali na makuha namin 'to.”
Daquis also struggled and came up with only five points after averaging 21.5 points in the semifinals against Petron.
Janine Navarro stepped up to back Jovelyn Gonzaga, but the HD Spikers fell short.
“Wala si Rachel sa loob so yun ang naging problem pag wala yung leader sa loob. Marami rin ang naging lapses sa fifth set,” Cignal coach Edgar Barroga told reporters.
Daquis vows to bounce back and is confident Cignal can force a rubber match on Thursday.
“Nakita namin na kaya naming makipagsabayan. Good motivation sa amin na nakafive sets kami sa kanila,” said Daquis. “It was a close fight and good fight for us. Hindi man kami nanalo pero the lessons na natutunan namin, madadala namin sa game two.”