Desiree Cheng, Majoy Baron and more quickly jumped to Aby Maraño’s defense after the F2 Logistics middle blocker drew flak online regarding her controversial staredown on PLDT’s Gen Casugod.
At the 8-7 mark of the intense fifth set during their second-round clash in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2019 last Saturday, Maraño thwarted Casugod’s hit attempt from the middle, earning the Cargo Movers another point and tying the game at 8 all.
Maraño, known for her feisty attitude inside the court, was seen allegedly trash talking Casugod following that kill block.
This did not sit well to some volleyball aficionados.
User @Ackazookeen said that Maraño deserved a yellow card for her behavior. The user hoped the referees made appropriate interventions.
I don’t usually care about trashtalking pero @Abymarano deserved a yellow card for what she did sa play na to
— Acka Angel (@Ackazookeen) August 10, 2019
Furthermore, the national team skipper’s behavior was a “disgrace to the volleyball community”, according to user @altercation89.
This is a disgrace to the volleyball community especially coming from the National Team Captain of the Philippines. 😑😑😑
— Grim (@altercation89) August 10, 2019
Meanwhile, user @MessMinchin3 said that taunting a player who fell after a rejected spike attempt is not acceptable.
Someone is questiong her skills ba as a player? Wala naman ata. Again, ABY is one of the best MBs in the country pero ung ginawa nya kahapon kay Casugod is iba. SWAG/Taunting is okay pero ung bumagsak na sa harap mo, sisigawan mo pa? Lol!!! Say what yall want pero HND TLG OK UN.
— MessMinchin (@MessMinchin3) August 11, 2019
Following this, Maraño’s former and current teammates took to Twitter to defend the La Salle alum.
Baron said that no one can take down the “one of a kind” player, pertaining to her partner in the middle for F2 Logistics.
— MaJoy Baron (@majoybaron) August 11, 2019
Likewise, Gyra Barroga said that Maraño is a “very inspiring ate”, and that the latter should not be judged if people don’t know her personally.
— ɢʏʀᴀ ʙᴀʀʀᴏɢᴀ (@gyrabarroga) August 11, 2019
Cheng, who has also been at the receiving end of criticisms before, wrote: “Yeap 💯💯💯 !!! Love you, mamatyang 💖 @Abymarano”
— Desiree Wynea Cheng (@itsmedescheng) August 11, 2019
Other fans also threw their support to Maraño.
— Karl DC; (@karldc_) August 11, 2019
Sorry to burst your bubble but Aby Marano is one of the country’s most talented volleyball players who has been able to carry herself through and through no matter what the challenge.
— For The Lady Spikers ➳ (@MissEverywhere_) August 11, 2019
Aby is aby, she will not change just to please those who hates her. Mamatay kayo sa inis but shes a beastmode queen. Wala kayong karapatang ijudge cya when you dont know her all at. It will only show your stupidity towards her. We love you @Abymarano. We got your back 💪😘💚🏹 https://t.co/JpD0zGkTAt
— Sid Villanueva (@iamVill_Sid) August 11, 2019
Hi tyaaaang @Abymarano !!
Sa lahat ng hate tweets na araw araw mong natatanggap, andito lang kaming fans mo who will support you all the way!! 💚💚💚
We all know how down to earth and good you are off court!! Kaya dedma sa haters!! 💚💚😚 pic.twitter.com/ScP1lbEEFR
— I am Inevitable (@IamInevitable3) August 11, 2019
(Image from Facebook/F2 Logistics)