Laoag rising star: Jessica Galanza

Danny Santillan on Jun 27, 2016 03:44 PM
Laoag rising star: Jessica Galanza
Laoag rising star: Jessica Galanza. (Photo by Nante Azures)

Where it all started, more sightings of rising stars have been noted. And coach Nes Pamilar is only too happy that two of such very promising talents – Jovielyn Grace Prado of Arellano University and Jessica Galanza of Adamson University -- have found their way on his Laoag City squad.

In two or three years’ time, the soft-spoken coach predicts that Prado, who hails from Vinzons, Camarines Norte, and Galanza, who was born and raised in San Pedro, Laguna, will blossom into exceptionally big stars in the mould of Alyssa Valdez, Rachel Ann Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo, Tina Salak, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and a host of others whose continuous exposure in the Shakey’s V-League have greatly helped transform them into what they have become.

Both only five-foot- six and 19 years old, Prado and Galanza have been wowing fans in the eight- team V-League Season 13-Open Conference with their great leaping ability and powerful spiking.

“They can spike as efficiently and strongly as the best of them only because they can jump as high as or even higher than those who are a lot taller than they are,” said Pamilar. “I’m confident they will mature into big stars in two or three years. There is definitely a wealth of young talents in the V-League this season.” 

Although Mylene Paat led the way for the Power Smashers in winning half of their six games so far with 64 points (for an average of 10.7 points per game), followed by Galanza with 63 (10.5), it was Prado, missing out on two matches while she was playing for one-time NCAA champion Arellano in the national intercollegiate championship in Baguio, who posted the highest average of 11.5 from 46 points in four matches. 

Prado struck for 19 points upon her return from Baguio and Galanza chipped in 12 as the Power Smashers pummeled the Lady Jet Spikers of Philippine Air Force, 25-14, 25-23, 25-23, to collect their second win in four matches on their way to a 2-2 win-loss slate.

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