Desisyon ko naman ito –- Galanza on National pool withdrawal
Mark Escarlote on Sep 06, 2019 07:34 PM
Matagal na mga one month na rin [nag-decide na mag-witdraw] sinabihan ko ang management ko -- Jema Galanza
Creamline hitter Jema Galanza’s decision to withdraw from the national pool came a month before it became public and was coursed through proper channels.
“Matagal na mga one month na rin [nag-decide na mag-witdraw] sinabihan ko ang management ko,” Galanza cleared.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. bared early this week that some members of the national pool withdrew or won’t be available for the Nationals’ training as well as in its participation for the inaugural Southeast Asian Grand Prix this month and the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November.
Galanza, who saw action in the 2018 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, said that it was her personal decision to give up her slot in the training pool.
Creamline, which is looking to defend its crown in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference, actually has four players in the pool in veterans Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Celine Domingo.
“Desisyon ko naman ito kasi well si Ate Ly, si Ate Jia mawawala sa Creamline,” said the open spiker, who is averaging 11.8 points per game and 44.24% efficiency rate in reception – the leading non-libero in the skill category.
The Cool Smashers are still unbeaten in seven games in the first round of eliminations and with the Nationals scheduled to set up a series training camps abroad heading into the SEA Games that the country will host, Creamline will be missing key players in its title-retention campaign.
“Siyempre mahirap naman na maraming mawawala sa team namin,” said the Creamline’s second leading scorer behind Valdez, who is averaging a conference-best 18.2 points per outing.
Valdez and Morado will be joining the Nationals in its Thailand training on Sept. 15 while Domingo will remain in the pool but won’t be available for the training camp abroad and the SEA Grand Prix because of conflict with her studies in FEU.
Aside from Galanza, Tots Carlos, Celine Domingo, Angel Cayuna, Jema Galanza and Jerrili Malabanan withdrew from the pool according to Nationals head coach Shaq Delos Santos while 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago failed to secure a clearance from her Japan V. Premier League club team Ageo Medics to participate in the SEA Games.
The bulk of the national team will leave for Thailand on Saturday for a 12-day training camp before traveling to Nakhon Ratchasima for the SEA Grand Prix from Sept. 20 to 22.
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