Air Padda lost for words after gruesome injury to Adamson's 'heart and soul' Jema Galanza
Adamson coach Air Padda rushes to Jema Galanza's side after suffering a horrible injury. Marlo Cueto

ADAMSON University coach Air Padda was at a loss for words after top hitter Jema Galanza suffered a gruesome ankle injury during a match against College of St. Benilde in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.

Galanza twisted her right ankle after a stepping on a teammate's foot after going for a block in the third set. The Lady Falcons were up 5-0 at that point, after winning the first two sets on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

She covered her face with a blue shirt as she cried in pain when she was stretched off to an ambulance waiting at the player’s entrance. 

“I mean… I don’t… I think she's done for the season (PVL),” said Padda in between stammers.

“I was trying to replay in my head what happened, I didn’t even see her go down, I didn’t see if she tripped over her own feet or she tripped on somebody else’s but her ankle was completely separated so there’s definitely a bone, a major, a fracture, I think it’s broken,” she added.

Padda could not help but be sorry for the incoming fifth year open spiker, who could lose her chance in playing for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament early next year.

The future is bright for the Lady Falcons after key players Fenela Emnas and Mylene Paat returned to the team to help Galanza bring the team back in the UAAP Final Four after four years.

“She’s the heart and soul of this team, she’s the face of Adamson for the last few years, she’s been trying to carry Adamson to just bring it to a better time,” said Padda. 

“This season was gonna be hers, she wanted to leave Adamson on a best note possible so it’s really unfortunate that she went down. I don’t know what’s gonna happen (in the future),” she added.

“I don’t know (in the UAAP), god I hope so (she can play). But an injury like that, I’m not sure,” she continued.

Meanwhile, Adamson won the match, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17, and secured the first spot in the semifinals from Group B.

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