Kailangan lang niyang magpalakas ng loob and huwag mag-give up -- Galang on Ateneo sophomore Madayag
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2016 05:49 PM
Siguro, first kailangang maging matatag lang emotionally, mentally and after a while kapag talagang na-accept mo na sa sarili mo (‘yung injury), you must work on physically naman -- Ara Galang on Ateneo's Maddie Madayag
Coming from a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear herself, De La Salle star Ara Galang has a few words of encouragement to Ateneo de Manila sophomore Maddie Madayag.
“Siguro, first kailangang maging matatag lang emotionally, mentally and after a while kapag talagang na-accept mo na sa sarili mo (‘yung injury), you must work on physically naman,” said Galang.
The graduating Lady Spiker suffered a harrowing left knee injury last year in DLSU’s do-or-die stepladder semifinals match against National University that got her sidelined for the remainder of Season 77, helpless on the bench as the Lady Eagles completed a repeat championship run.
Now in tip-top shape and fully recovered from her injury, Galang is back to her usual power-spiking, dangerous self. She helped the Lady Spikers snatch their eighth straight Final Four appearance in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
“Kailangan lang niyang magpalakas ng loob and huwag mag-give up,” said Galang of Madayag, who unfortunately will not get another chance to face the DLSU ace in the collegiate ranks after this season.
The Taft-based volleybelles swept Ateneo in their first round match, halting the Lady Eagle's 24-game winning streak in the process.
Madayag is back in her hometown in Davao to rest and will return to Manila after the Holy Week to undergo surgery on her right knee injury she sustained last March 15 during a spiking drill.
Galang pointed out that once Madayag recovered from the injury, which usually takes six to eight months to heal, she should give more focus on strengthening her knees.
“Siyempre kasi ‘yung tuhod importanteng ma-strengthen (para bumalik ka sa dating laro),” said Galang.
Madayag’s teammate graduating middle blocker Amy Ahomiro, who went back to her natural position at the middle to fill in the void left by the Davaoena, is also a firm believer that she can get through her ACL injury.
“We lost a great player but Maddie she’s young and she’s strong she’s gonna come back (stronger),” said Ahomiro. “That’s sports ‘di ba? People get injured but we’re able to have a good game without her. We super miss her out there on the court and off the court but she’s gonna come back next year even stronger.”
Ahomiro knows and understands Madayag’s situation having faced two ACL injuries herself, both on her left knee in her first two years in Ateneo.
“It’s really hard to come back from a lot of therapy but Maddie’s super strong and her mind is strong, her body’s strong so she’s gonna come back strong.”
“I just told her to be positive, God has a plan for everything naman and everything will work out (for the best), hopefully in the end,” she added. “Just stay positive. It’s hard when you get down on yourself and everything. She’s good naman, she has a strong heart, she’ll be OK.”
The Lady Eagles will return to action on April 2 against Adamson in a double-header playdate after the Lady Spikers faceoff with winless University of the East.
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