ARA Galang expects to rejoin a stronger, better La Salle team when he makes her UAAP women's volleyball comeback from a major knee injury, saying her teammates have been toughened by offseason stints in commercial leagues like the Philippine Super Liga.
After a knee injury cut short her season with the Lady Spikers, the 21-year old Galang missed out on playing in the PSL Grand Prix while teammates Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Joy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Carol Cervaza, Kim Dy and Cyd Demecillo joined a Meralco team coached by La Salle mentor Ramil de Jesus.
That experience, Galang said, will go a long way when the Lady Spikers begin their campaign in the UAAP.
“Makakatulong ‘yung exposure nila sa PSL para mas mag-improve sila as individuals and makakatulong ‘yun for the team,” said Galang, who has come back from offseason surgery earlier than anticipated.
Meralco finished fifth in the six-team tournament but the soft-spoken La Salle leader believes that despite the lowly placing, her teammates emerged from the experience a lot better.
“Oo syempre, sobrang laking experience noon and madami kang matututunan sa every game sa mga players na nandoon. Kumbaga ‘yun na ang elite and mas veteran,” said Galang.
With Galang back at the helm, La Salle is an expected to be among the contenders to dethrone archrival Ateneo, which has ruled the league the past two seasons.
“Nag-focus kami individually and as a team, minsan kasabay namin (La Salle) sila (Meralco) sa training,” she said.
The Lady Spikers will face Far Eastern University in the main game of the season opener on January 30.