May goose bumps -- DLSU's Ara Galang on return to the finals
Mark Escarlote on Apr 23, 2016 08:53 PM
May goose bumps, alam mo ‘yung sobrang happy and excited (na feeling) kasi makakalaro na ako with my team -- Ara Galang
De La Salle University hitter Ara Galang waited for this for a year.
She could still remember how she grimaced in pain watching the Lady Spikers fall from grace last season.
Back in the fold healthy and very much inspired to give it her all for a victorious swan song for DLSU, Galang delivered the production the Lady Spikers missed while she was sitting on the farthest part of the bench in Season 77 Finals with a brace on her left leg and crutches on her side.
The graduating player scored 10 points to help the Taft-based squad hand Ateneo its first championship series loss in three years with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win to open the best-of-three 78th UAAP women’s volleyball title joust Saturday at the Big Dome.
It was a surreal experience for Galang even though it is her fourth Finals showdown and DLSU’s fifth straight battle for the crown against Ateneo.
“May goose bumps, alam mo ‘yung sobrang happy and excited (na feeling) kasi makakalaro na ako with my team and puro fun lang talaga ang pinairal namin ngayon,” said Galang, who missed last year’s Finals after suffering a season-ending left ACL injury in the semifinals against National University.
The win pushed DLSU closer to regaining the title they last held back in Season 75.
And Galang was all smiles with the victory.
“Syempre masaya kasi parang ano na ‘to eh, one step closer na ito sa goal ng team eh,” she said.
But she as well as her whole crew don’t want to rest on their laurels yet as they are just halfway through their mission.
“Pero syempre hindi kami dapat maging complacent or ma-satisfy sa one game win lang,” Galang added. “Kailangan paghirapan pa namin, ‘yung tingin namin sa goal pa rin.”
Game 2 is on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
Unlike Ateneo, which had an easy route to the championship against University of the Philippines, the Lady Spikers played four games in 11 days including a grueling two-game Final Four battle with Far Eastern University.
“Siguro blessing in disguise na siya kasi preparation din siya sa para magpukpok pa kami,” she said. “Parang ginising kami para hindi namin makalimutan ang goal namin para magpursige pa kami para makamit namin ito.”
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