Janine Marciano plays down role in Cignal's breakthrough win, deflects credit to teammates
Janine Marciano led the way as Cignal makes the win column after starting the conference with two losses. Jerome Ascano

JANINE Marciano said she was more than willing to play beyond her role as outside hitter because she wanted Cignal to finally score a win, not because she was pushed to fill in the void left by Lynda Morales.

In a battle of struggling teams, Cignal wound up on top, scoring a five-set win over Generika on Tuesday in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, thanks to Marciano.

“Hindi ko masabi na ti-nake ko na ang role kasi sina Lynda napakalaki ng part nila pero ako ginawa ko na lang kung ano ang makakaya ko,” she said.

Morales, a Puerto Rican middle blocker, left the match early with a left ankle sprain, but Cignal managed to take the win after two losses to start the season.

[See Janine Marciano takes charge after early Lynda Morales exit as Cignal edges Generika]

Marciano led all scorers with 17 points from 14 kills and three service aces in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes.

“Hindi ko na insiip kung ano lang ang trabaho ko, inisip ko na lang kung ano pa ang pwede kong gawin, kung pwede ko nang paluin, pinapalo ko na, kung kaya ko naman i-dig, dinig ko na,” she added.

Marciano deflected the credit, saying Laura Schaudt, Mylene Paat and skipper Micmic Laborte also did well.

“I’m happy na hindi lang naman ako ang nag-step up, pati ang iba kong teammates,” she said. “Although medyo negative na na-injure si Lynda pero ang maganda kasi doon nagtulung-tulong kaming lahat as in teamwork talaga.”

“Happy ako lalo na noong fifth set kasi kahit hindi ikaw ang nakapatay basta nakita mo na nagawa ng teammate mo masaya ka para sa kanya,” she added. 

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