DLSU's 78th UAAP women's volleyball battle cry: Palaban!
Mark Escarlote on Jan 04, 2016 01:58 PM
Palaban and ‘yung hindi madaling mag-give up --- Ara Galang on DLSU's character this season
For the past seven seasons, De La Salle has always been a title favorite.
But after a rough campaign last year that denied the Lady Spikers the crown for the second straight season, DLSU considers itself as an underdog in the coming 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament that will open on January 30.
A series of major injuries plagued the Taft-based squad last year.
Skipper Ara Galang suffered a left knee injury in the semifinals that instantly ended her season. DLSU absorbed another blow when Camille Cruz went down with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear on her right knee in a forgettable finals series and then lost Desiree Cheng’s service for this season due to a left knee injury in a provincial exhibition game last June.
For Galang, these challenges serve as huge motivations for their campaign rather than a heavy burden that could hinder their goal of regaining their lost glory.
“Siyempre hindi naman dapat maging dahilan ‘yun (injuries) o reason di ba?” a defiant Galang said.
DLSU’s season will be defined by its battle cry.
“Palaban and ‘yung hindi madaling mag-give up. Patibayan na lang ng puso at isip,” Galang said of the team’s character heading to the tournament.
The Lady Spikers’ preparation is in full swing focusing on individual skills and team strategies.
Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes and Cyd Demecillo as well as most of the DLSU core participated in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix playing for Meralco under head coach Ramil De Jesus.
The exposure needed by the team to equip them in the collegiate war.
“Sobrang laking experience din ‘yun and marami ka ring matutunan hindi lang sa every game kundi pati na rin sa mga players na nandoon (sa PSL),” said Galang, who was present in most of her teammates games in the club league as a cheerleader.
Meralco didn’t do well in their campaign but the experience the DLSU players got in the import-laden conference gave them confidence and a boost in morale.
“Kumabaga ‘yun na ‘yung mga elite and mas veteran na. Makakatulong ‘yun para mag-improve sila individually and siyempre makakatulong ‘yun for the team,” she added.
Fajardo and Demecillo are also coming off a successful UAAP beach volleyball stint that gave the school its breakthrough title and are hoping to carry the momentum in the indoor contest.
The Lady Spikers will open their campaign on January 30 against the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.
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