Meron (kaming unfinished business) -- Ara Galang
Mark Escarlote on Apr 22, 2016 10:48 AM
Meron (kaming unfinished business) kaya ‘yun talaga ang winork ko at ng team namin --- DLSU hitter Ara Galang
This is De La Salle graduating hitter Ara Galang’s approach to her fifth and final dance with the two-time defending champion Ateneo De Manila Lady Eagles for the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball crown.
Sitting helplessly with a crutch and a leg brace while the Lady Eagles ripped the Lady Spikers into pieces in last season’s finale, Galang’s burning desire to leave a championship legacy is fueled by that experience.
Back in full condition after recovering from a harrowing left knee injury in Season 77 she suffered in the semifinals against National University that ended her season, the star spiker hopes to rally her teammates to glory starting Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum to open best-of-three championship series.
“Meron (kaming unfinished business) kaya ‘yun talaga ang winork ko at ng team namin,” she said moments after DLSU eliminated the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-15, 27-25, 25-21, Wednesday in a do-or-die match for the last semis seat.
Galang suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear on her left knee last year and had to watch in horror as Ateneo waylaid the Taft-based squad in two games and the Lady Eagles completed a season sweep and a six straight victory in their head-to-head since Season 76.
The 21-year-old Pampanga native spent the offseason rehabilitating from her injury and get back in form.
She’s back in her old, deadly self this year, helping DLSU end Ateneo’s 24-game winning streak in the first round – her first game against the Katipunan-based squad since the elims of Season 77 - and eventually rallying her team for another shot at the crown despite going through a long bumpy road.
“Super happy and excited ako, kung sa akin lang, kasi last year ito ‘yung hinintay ko at pinagtrabahuhan ko (na makarating sa Finals) pero hindi ko na-meet e,” said Galang, who is one of the team’s outgoing seniors together with Mika Reyes, Mika Esperanza, Carol Cerveza and Cyd Demecillo.
The championship count for the two rival schools in the past four seasons is tied with DLSU taking Seasons 74 and 75, while Ateneo owned Seasons 76 and 77.
Season 78 vowed Galang will be theirs for the picking.
“So ngayon kailangan lang kaming buong team ay magtulong-tulong para ma-meet namin ‘yung goal (na mag-champion),” she said.
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