SISTERS Jema and MaFe Galanza enjoyed their on-court reunion during the last day of the women’s national pool tryouts of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. on Friday at the Arellano School of Law Gym in Taft Avenue.
It’s been a long time since the sisters played together in one court, Jema and MaFe, freshman that year, was still in high school at San Pedro Relocation Center National High School in their home town, Laguna.
It happened again when UST rookie MaFe showed up for the under 23 pool joining her elder sister in the drills and scrimmages.
Former Adamson star spiker Jema said that her younger sister, an incoming rookie setter for UST, has showed a lot of maturity from the kid she used to play with before.
“Nakakapanibago din kasi 'yung last na naging teammate ko siya, first year pa siya,” said the PVL Open Conference 2nd Best Outside Spiker. “Sobrang tagal na. Naiiyak pa 'yan, pinapagalitan ni Tatay. Ngayon ko lang siya nakikita mag-mature.”
MaFe said that she learned a lot from her elder sister and as a first year, she knows that she still have more things to improve on.
“Natuto ako sa kanya na kailangan ko talagang mag-mature. Sabi niya nga na iyakin ako noon,” the rookie playmaker said. “Pero sobrang mainitin kasi ng ulo ko pag naglalaro kaya sa kanya ako natututo mag-compose.”
Jema, who was part of the national team that campaigned in last year’s AVC Asian Cup in Thailand, is still eligible to play for the 3rd Asian Women's Under-23 Volleyball Championship in Vietnam on July 13 to 21 aside from the three international tournaments of the seniors team this year.
The 22-year-old wants to be a role model not only for her sister but also to the other younger players.
“Iniisip ko na kailangan kong maging model sa kanila kasi ako na 'yung may pinaka may experience,” the 5-foot-7 open hitter said. “Gusto ko rin na mashare sa kanila 'yung mga natutunan ko sa mga taon na naglalaro ako. Siyempre, relax lang din ako kasi baby pa sila and 'di pa sila pwede pagalitan.”
MaFe is hoping to team up with her sister if she makes it to the U-23 team.
“Excited ako kung saka-sakaling maging teammate ko siya sa National Team,” the younger Galanza said.
Jema also wants her sister to set up the plays for her hard-hitting spikes in the international tournament.
“Ako gusto ko talaga. Pero siya, bilang bata pa, sabi ko sa kanya na magtryout lang nang magtryout tapos maglaro lang sa UAAP,” Jema said. “(Kailangan) 'yung kalusugan talaga nila (alagaan). Ako nga may mga nararamdaman na. Habang bata pa sila, tuloy lang nila 'yung tamang proseso sa training. Kailangan talaga handa 'yung katawan lagi.”