February 25, 2018, 9:51 am
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Marano is new face of Superliga

FOR her strong influence to the youth and deep love of the sport, Abby Marano was the top choice by the Philippine Superliga as the newest league ambassador.

Marano, the star middle blocker of F2 Logistics, was appointed to become the new face of the league starting with the Chooks to Go-PSL Grand Prix, which starts tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan.

An explosive pair of matches will usher in the import-laden conference as Generika-Ayala takes on powerhouse Petron in the first match while Cignal battles two-time champion Foton in the other game.

Both matches will be shown live on ESPN5, the league’s official broadcast partner.

PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara lauded Marano’s selection, saying that while she may be a direct opposite of previous league ambassadors like Gretchen Ho, Cha Cruz and Mika Reyes, her growing base of fans and love for volleyball makes her a perfect fit for the role.

“Unlike Gretchen, Cha and Mika, Abby is very vocal and outspoken,” said Suzara, a ranking executive of the Asian Volleyball Confederation and member of the International Volleyball Federation.

“Her influence, especially to the youth, is enormous and she has repeatedly displayed her love for the sport and loyalty to the league. That’s why we decided to formally tap her as the PSL ambassador for this year,” Suzara said.

Marano is also a member of the national women’s team that campaigned in the recent AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship.

“I really have a vocal personality and I’m not afraid to speak my mind for as long as I am right,” Marano said. “If the PSL image is at stake, no doubt, I will stand up and defend the league.

“I want to thank Mr. Suzara, Mr. (PSL chairman Philip Ella) Juico and the entire PSL organization for trusting me to be their ambassador. This is another step for me to influence the youth and aspiring athletes to play their best and chase their dreams.”

Marano and the Cargo Movers will open their campaign against Petron on Nov. 4 when the league goes to the University of St. La Salle gym in Bacolod City.
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