Ara Galang on Season 77: “For me, it’s full of challenges”
Published on March 15th, 2015 | by JC Gonzales
Perfect effort. This has been the theme of our finals recap between the Lady Spikers and Lady Eagles despite the loss of the Taft-based squad. As the Lady Spikers fielded the court without their ace Ara Galang followed by another loss to injury in Camille Cruz, the “sturdy twelve” fought their hearts out against the eventual two-time champions Ateneo Lady Eagles.
True enough, Galang admitted that this season was the toughest season she had as a Lady Spiker saying “For me, it’s full of challenges, as in sobra. Kasi every game hindi madali yung pinagdaanan namin.”
Losing in two straight finals series against the same team, Galang compared the run their team had this season compared to the past years wherein La Salle was almost untouched in the women’s volleyball tournament.
“Dati kasi parang smooth lang eh. Ngayon kasi madaming humps,” Galang says.
The Lady Spikers ended their elimination games on a 12-2 slate but the Pampanga native shared that the level of competition has risen and all teams are improving.
“Part of the game talaga and ganyan naman talaga. Lahat naman expected mag improve. Lahat naman nagta-training pero naka-depend talaga sa tao and sa team kung papaano nila ipapakita”
In addition, the popularity of the sport through media coverages and televised programming has given volleyball added fire to the competition. Galang also states that it can also be the other way around.
“Dumami yung supporters kasi gumanda na yung competition. Pero pwede ding vice versa(competition level goes up because of the increase in spectators)
The 5’9” star sat out the entire finals series after suffering a brutal knee injury which would likely take eight months for recovery. Playing also as the team’s best receiver, the Lady Spikers reception was the one thing evidently affected in the two games of the finals.
Notwithstanding the pain, Galang showed up in uniform and in a La Salle jacket both in Araneta and MoA arena in the two games in the finale to give her support to the Lady Spikers.
On her thoughts on the finals, Ara said “May tiwala naman ako sakanila. Alam ko namang kayang kaya nila and alam kong ginawa nila best nila. Siguro hindi ko lang mataggap na wala akong nagawa(being there on the finals itself) and hindi ko sila natulungan. Alam ko may natulong ako, but not enough.”
With all of the Lady Spikers returning to the lineup next year, Ara will suit up for her final playing year and as an injured senior for now, she can’t hide her willingness to return to the playing court and contribute anew for the team.
“Ngayon parang sobrang sakit sa loob kasi parang wala kang nagawa pero alam ko may times naman na makakabawi pa din” she admitted.
For being one of the graduating Lady Spikers come Season 78, Galang mentioned the importance of being the floor leader for the team while also sharing the things she can leave to the younger players on the roster.
“Siguro yung lessons.Yung skills ganun pa rin naman eh. Siguro pagiging senior kasi mature ka na din. Malapit ka na (graduate), and marami ka ng alam kahit papano.”
Lastly, she expressed her gratitude towards the unwavering support the Lasallian fans gave not just with her in her unfortunate situation but mostly to the team as a whole. They may have not reached their ultimate goal, but Galang remained thankful for all the tremendous faith the fans and supporters gave.
“Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm na alam mong andyan pa rin sila, win or lose and kahit hindi naman nangyari yung gusto nila. Siyempre yung gusto nila is gusto namin(win the title). Alam naming andyan sila and napatunayan talaga nila. Through the fans and the supporters, naramdaman namin yung love and care for us” Galang closed out.