Galang ready to see action in UAAP Season 78 after horrific injury

Mark Escarlote on Jan 02, 2016 02:59 PM
Galang ready to see action in UAAP Season 78
Mga 90% (ready) na ako --- Ara Galang

If their toughest rivals preach the heart strong mantra, a De La Salle University volleybelle has a heart of a believer beating inside her chest.  

This player is no less than Lady Spikers skipper Ara Galang.

Sidelined by an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, a big bone bruise, a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear and a medial meniscus tear in her left knee in last year’s semifinal game against National University that prematurely ended her season, Galang is already looking forward for her return to action in the 78th UAAP volleyball tournament.

She believes that she can make the same impact she showed last year. 

“Mga 90% (ready) na ako,” said Galang when asked by reporters about her condition a month leading to the start of the new UAAP season.

She added that she resumed training almost two months ago and is slowly regaining her dangerous and explosive form.

Galang, who will turn 21 on Monday, said that more than getting fully healed from her injury she was able to conquer the psychological challenge of her injury.    

“Sa akin hindi na (ako apektado). Sabi nga nila ‘yun ang mahirap na kalaban e. Pero kasi sa akin kasi napi-feel mo naman. Sa akin kasi hindi ko na masyado iniisip,” she said.

“Aware naman ako sa sinasabi ng marami na ‘yun ang mahirap na kalaban e,” she added. “Dahil sa pagka-aware ko doon, sa akin hindi ko na siya hinahayaang maapektuhan ako.”

And she is ready to carry DLSU once again to regain the crown they lost two years ago and failed to take back from their nemesis – the Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles – last season when Galang was nailed to her seat on the bench with a leg brace and a pair of crutches.      

“Oo, ako ready na,” said the Lady Spiker.

This year will again be a big challenge for DLSU as Desiree Cheng is out of the line-up because of an ACL injury and competition will also be tougher.         

“Kasi ngayon feeling ko lahat naman nag-improve. Lahat naman naghihirap sa training so for me, lahat naman (malakas),” she said.

“Siyempre kung mayroon mang isa (na team to beat), siyempre ‘yung nasa top,” she added. “Pero kailangan bago ka makapunta sa top lahat daanan mo (muna) e.”

Of course, the most anticipated game of the season will be the last match of the first round of eliminations between the Lady Eagles and the Lady Spikers.

But Galang is not yet looking at that marquee rematch of last year’s finale.

She wants to take it just one step at a time.   

“Hindi (ko pa) naman (iniisip 'yun), matagal pa ‘yun. One game at a time muna,” she said.




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