Grateful for F2’s unwavering faith, Cabanos vows to work harder

There is always room for growth, and Alex Cabanos knows this.

Cabanos has just finished what is arguably the highlight of her volleyball career as she orchestrated the offense of the powerhouse team F2 Logistics in the recently-concluded Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix 2019.

Her being the main setter was not in the plan.

The 25-year old playmaker out of UST was promoted to the post after Kim Fajardo sustained a finger injury at the early goings of the tournament.

Given the golden opportunity to prove herself, the De La Salle Zobel alum rose to the challenge and helped F2 Logistics grab a silver medal finish in the import-flavored conference.

And to this, she couldn’t help but be grateful.

In a Twitter post, Cabanos thanked her F2 Logistics family for the opportunity, trust and guidance given to her by her teammates and coaches.

“I can’t thank the Lord enough for all the blessing He gave my life. I never knew that I would be placed in this amazing family. Thank you F2 fam for always being there guiding me and pushing me to a better version of myself,” she wrote.

But while she succeeded in leading the team, Cabanos still has had her fair share of up and downs all throughout the tourney.

At 5-foot-5, Cabanos is a liability at the net. Compared to Fajardo, who has been with the team since college, she also has less time and experience playing with the locals and especially with the imports.

But the Cargo Movers accepted Cabanos’ limitations as they adjusted their defense pattern whilst regularly giving her encouragement on and off court. As result, they went to finish atop the podium anew.

Even when people started doubting her, Cabanos said that the Cargo Movers’ faith on her never wavered, thus pushing her to constantly look for learning.

“It’s been a hell of a road for us all. Especially that I struggled all throughout the season but you never stopped pushing me more to be more consistent, to be better and to be more confident. Thank you ates for always believing in me that I was capable to get better,” she said.

“Even when I lost faith in myself you were all there to give me that hope that even when there are people who are doubting me, you were the real people in my life to pull me back up and stand up once again I love you all,” she added.

Cabanos also expressed her gratitude to coach Ramil de Jesus, who served as her mentor during her high school days, and vowed to be better in the future.

“I can’t stop being thankful to the coaches, especially coach ramil for always pushing me to bring out the best that i can be. I’m sorry that i still have a lot to work on but i promise to work hard always to be better,” she said.

In volleyball, those who continue looking for improvement are almost always the ones who succeed. Even the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Dawn Macandili, who seemed to be on another level already, acknowledge this.

And for someone like Cabanos, who is eager to learn and improve herself, it is never too late to grow.

(Image from Facebook/Philippine Superliga)

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