ARA Galang believes La Salle’s second loss in the UAAP women's volleyball title series was not due to lack of motivation, but because of a lack of self-belief.
“Siyempre, hindi,” said Galang, when asked if the loss should be a motivating tool for the Lady Spikers for the deciding Game Four of what had been an epic finals against Ateneo on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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“Hindi pa tapos. May isang game pa." Lady Spiker Ara Galang
“Pero ’yun ang dapat. Dapat na isipin namin na ganun para hindi kami ma-down. Hindi pa tapos. May isang game pa,” Galang added.
After sweeping the elimination round, the Lady Archers find themselves in a big hole as they are one defeat away from losing the title against an Lady Eagles squad eager to win their first-ever women’s volleyball crown.
The Lady Spikers dropped the first two sets before Galang spearheaded a comeback by scoring a game-high 28 points. But the Taft-based squad squandered a golden opportunity when they allowed the Lady Eagles to fight back from an 8-12 deficit.
Despite the gallant effort, Galang was left unsatisfied with her performance.
“Siguro talagang desidido lang akong manalo ’yung team. Pero nagkulang lang talaga,” said Galang.
When asked what went wrong for the Lady Archers, Galang said: “Siguro kulang lang sa tiwala sa sarili. Kailangang mag-tiwala pa kami.”
Galang, however, sees the defeat as a challenge that the team needs to overcome.
“Siyempre walang matutuwa sa talo pero ako naman, challenge sa amin ni Lord ’yun na dapat mag-tiyaga pa kami sa next game,” said Galang, last season’s co-Most Valuable Player with Aby Maraño.