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Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

BIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.

That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.

BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. Inquirer.net
“There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.

The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.

And the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.

Author: Bong Lozada
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/260598/valdez-santiago-praise-marano-in-ph-win-over-vietnam-2017-avc

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