MORE than rust, Ara Galang believes La Salle was off form in its stunning three-set loss to National University in the stepladder phase of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The La Salle skipper refused to blame the long break the Lady Spikers had for their 25-20, 25-20, 25-19 setback to the Lady Bulldogs that wiped away their twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs and forged a do-or-die encounter on Saturday for the right to meet reigning champion Ateneo in the finals.
The game against NU was the first for the three-time champion in two weeks after playing its final elimination round game last February 18 in a loss to the Lady Eagles.
“Siguro off lang talaga,” the soft-spoken native of Angeles City, Pampanga told a throng of sporstwriters waiting for her outside the La Salle locker room.
“Hindi naman, hindi naman (nangalawang),” she added.
“Hindi ko napansin yun pero hindi ko naman siya nakitang factor. Basta, hindi pa naman siya tapos eh.”
Galang, the Season 75 co-MVP with teammate Aby Marano, said the Lady Spikers are ready to move on following the setback against the Lady Bulldogs.
“Syempre wala naman nag-e-expect ng ganoon siguro. Nangyari na eh,” said Galang after the one hour, 17-minute match.
The La Salle skipper remains positive though, about the Lady Spikers’ chances.
“Tapos na eh, so kailangan lang namin bumangon.”