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    Ara Galang looking forward to go to battle with La Salle team toughened by PSL stint

    Jan 8, 2016
    La Salle star spiker Ara Galang is set for a UAAP comeback after undergoing surgery for a major knee injury in the offseason. 

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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