F2 Logistics has been running all season long like a well-oiled machine, bulldozing over team after team to finish the first round of the PSL All Filipino Conference with an immaculate 7-0 record.
Aby Marano says a big factor of their unbeaten run was their familiarity with each other, with the Cargo Movers’ core coming from recent UAAP champion La Salle.
“Malaking factor kasi kilala mo na yung bawat isa alam mo na yung kilos ng bawat isa: hininga, tinginan, nararamdaman. Kaya pagka nasa loob ka hindi ka nahihirapang kumilos, hindi ka nangangapa, ang ina-adjustan mo lang yung kalaban mo hindi yung teammate mo,” she said after F2 slipped past RC Cola-Army in an epic 5-setter.
“Sa tingin ko kasi ever since college we knew how to handle pressure and to overcome that situation, yung mga habulan kaya kanina everytime na nagkakamali kami parang nagkakatinginan lang kami alam na namin yung gagawin nagcocompose kami nagrere-group kami,” she added.
The Cargo Movers survived a meltdown late in their 25-22, 25-14, 21,25, 26-28, 15-10, win against the Lady Troopers before a wild Saturday night crowd at the FilOil Flying V Centre, sweeping the first round.
Their campaign, however, quickly resumes Sunday when they lock horns with RC Cola-Army anew.
Marano believes the victory will arm them with more confidence as they tackle the more experienced squad again.
“Sa tingin ko yung pagkapanalo namin na-gain pa yung confidence namin to go against them tomorrow kasi importante yun e, although its a non-bearing game pero yung makukuha mo yung kumpyansa mo sa pagkapanalo, parang mas eager pa kami to play hard,” she said while noting a killer mindset is important to keep the streak alive.
“Hindi kami pwedeng mag-settle dun sa wala kaming talo, ayun yung pinakamahirap sa lahat yung wala kang talo tapos kailangan mong idefend kesa yung may talo ka tapos naghahabol ka,” she added. “We’re not here to play for second or third were here to get the championship that’s why whenever we step on the court, we see to it na we perform our best.” — By John Chester Fajardo