Kung kaya naman bakit hindi ko i-push ang sarili ko -- Galanza
Mas pupwersahin ko ang sarili ko and ayaw ko na rin naman na mag-stop ng isang taon ng dahil lang dito (sa injury) -- Adamson U Queen Falcon Jema Galanza
Even a gruesome ankle injury won’t stop Adamson University ace Jema Galanza from her UAAP swan song.
The fifth year open hitter is determined to see action in Season 80 early next year despite dislocating her right ankle that ended her stint in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
“Kaya naman sa UAAP. Ayaw ko na (mag-extend hanggang Season 81). Siyempre iba ang feeling ko ngayong season,” said Galanza, who was at the bench of the semifinals-bound Lady Falcons on Monday during Adamson’s Group A end of elimination round match against San Beda College at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Mas pupwersahin ko ang sarili ko and ayaw ko na rin naman na mag-stop ng isang taon ng dahil lang dito,” she added. “Kung kaya naman bakit hindi ko i-push ang sarili ko.”
Galanza dislocated her ankle after stepping on College of St. Benilde’s Felcia Cui early in the third set last week in Adamson’s straight sets win against the Lady Blazers.
The Queen Falcon was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center. Fortunately, exams on her ankle showed no signs of bone fracture or ligament tear.
“OK naman lahat, walang fracture,” said Galanza, whose right foot remained heavily bandaged.
Galanza still has at least five months to recuperate in time for the UAAP wars where Adamson guns to end a four-year Final Four drought.
“Sabi ng doctor kasi 12 weeks kaya na pero hindi niya ako pupuwersahin na maglaro na. So possible 16 weeks yun na pwede na akong sumabay sa kanila. ‘Yung talagang training,” a very optimistic Galanza said.
“Sa ngayon pahinga lang kasi hindi talaga ako nakakalakad ng maayos,” she added. “Masakit siya ngayon. Kapag nagti-therapy ako nawawala ang sakit, nakakalakad ako ng maayos pero after ng araw na ‘yun bumabalik siya siguro kasi hindi pa siya ganoon kagaling.”
Adamson is considered as one of the top contenders heading into the UAAP with the return of setter Fenela Emnas and Mylene Paat and the inclusion of De La Salle University transferee Eli Soyud.
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