From Cagayan Valley to PLDT Home Ultera and now Bali Pure in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference, Janine Marciano has time and again proven her worth as a power hitter and a potent spiker.
With her impressive run with San Beda, it was no surprise when club teams started knocking on the doors of the outside hitter to lure her into joining their respective squads.
And while she has continuously turned heads, proving to be a worthy competitor and teammate to the likes of Angge Tabaquero, Aiza Maizo, Alyssa Valdez and Grethcel Soltones among others, Marciano finds herself in a crossroad in her search for a steady career as a semi-pro volleyball player.
“Hindi naman frustrating pero siyempre napapasabi din ako na: ‘Ano ba ‘to? Kung saan-saan na ako napunta.’ Parang siyempre gusto ko rin sana na meron akong permanent team para maka-gel ng maayos at stable,” she admitted to FOX Sports.
“Siyempre tumitingin din ako sa long-term na sana magkaroon din ako ng team na stable na ako at wala na akong iniisip,” she added.
Being one of the few spikers from the NCAA who has shown she can match the power of her UAAP counterparts, Marciano started to gain traction with some spectators even pushing for her inclusion in the national team.
With the rate things are going, however, Marciano is yet to find a stable home where she can showcase her full potential with PLDT Home Ultera’s participation in the coming leagues still in limbo.
“Hindi option ang mag corporate sa ngayon eh. Nae-enjoy ko pa ngayon ang volleyball kahit parang on-off talaga,” she said, talking about leaving the sport to play competitively. “Pero siguro kung makakita ako ng team na pangmatagalan, mag stay na ako dun at hindi na ako palipat-lipat.”
Just during the off-season while all the club tournaments are on break, Marciano almost reunited with San Beda’s other half of its power duo, Frances Molina, when she got invited by her former Cagayan Valley teammates to join Petron’s training.
“Ang last time lang na na-invite ako kina Ate Aiza (Maizo-Pontillas) eh. In-invite ako ni Bang (Pineda) kaso naka-commit pa ako nun sa PLDT kasi sila nagbayad nung treatment nung sa stress fracture ko. Parang utang na loob ko sa kanila,” she revealed. “Then ngayon, hindi sila (PLDT) kasali kaya pumayag si coach Roger (Gorayeb) na sumali ako sa Bali Pure.”
While having no contract with any group gives her the freedom to choose her path in creating a name in the PH volleyball scene, the possibility of the Ultra Fast Hitters joining V-League again in the next conference keeps her hopes up.
“Wala akong contract pero pag sumali sila (PLDT) sa next conference, baka dun ako ulit,” shared Marciano. “Sobrang naguguluhan ako kasi ngayon nga hindi stable ang team ko so medyo confused talaga ako. Gusto ko rin somehow na diretso talaga. Ewan ko after this. We’ll see.”
With the uncertainties up ahead, Marciano chooses to think positive and be open to whatever comes her way in the next few months.
“Pag may nag offer tapos okay naman, edi tignan natin. Kahit saan naman ako basta may opportunity,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio