Nagdalawang-isip ako dahil kay Coach Tai -- Galanza on playing for Creamline
Mark Escarlote on Aug 06, 2020 05:14 PM
(Photo: Arvin Lim)
Jema Galanza is one of the top hitters of the star-studded Creamline Cool Smashers in the Premier Volleyball League.
Her all-around game and consistent performance makes her a vital cog for the Cool Smashers, who have won three titles since Galanza joined the pink-clad club team two years ago.
But apparently, the former Adamson University standout had some second thoughts about staying with Creamline after her first conference back in 2018.
All because of her fear of Cool Smashers coach Tai Bundit and his well-known Spartan-like training program.
“Nagdadalawang-isip ako sa totoo lang dahil kay Coach Tai,” Galanza shared on Volleyball DNA. “Kinakabahan ako. Baka mamatay ako [sa training].”
However, Galanza chose to stay and be mentored and trained by the same coach that steered Ateneo de Manila University to back-to-back titles in the UAAP.
“Pero sabi ko sige na nga. Lahat naman ng mga players niya gumaling so mag-stay na lang ako,” said Galanza.
It proved to be a great career decision for Galanza as Creamline won its second PVL title and completed a sweep of the Open and Reinforced Conferences that year.
Galaza then got her biggest break in the 2019 Open Conference, when Bundit put his trust on her to carry Creamline’s scoring chores. She played her role well during the stretch when ace hitter Alyssa Valdez missed a string of games because of a foot injury and training stint with the national team.
Galanza, who signed with Creamline on a ‘temporary’ playing deal before getting an extension, helped the Cool Smashers complete a tournament sweep and was eventually honored as Conference Most Valuable Player and 1st Best Outside Spiker.
Looking back, Galanza admitted that Bundit’s training style is indeed not for the faint-hearted.
“Naiyak din ako habang nagti-training,” she said. “Pero at least naging OK naman.”
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