IT’S hard to replace a player and leader like Jema Galanza, but the former Adamson star sees Bern Flora following her footsteps in carrying the cudgels for the Lady Falcons.
After leading Creamline to its third straight win with a 25-16, 25-9, 25-20 beating over her beloved Adamson in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference on Wednesday, Galanza said that former teammate Flora is likely to become the next Adamson star.
“Si Flora kasi andun na yung defense, andun na yung palo,” responded Galanza, when reporters asked who among the current Adamson players could emulate her.
The do-it-all Creamline spiker was impressed by the improvement of Flora in attacking and floor defense, skills that made Galanza who she is.
But Galanza insisted that Flora still has to improve on her maturity.
“Siguro ano na lang mas maging matured pa siya sa paglalaro kasi ‘yun nga siguro first time din niya maging first six kasi last year (service) specialist siya,” she said. “Mahaba pa naman yung preparation para sa UAAP.”
Flora was flattered when she learned what her former teammate and idol said about her.
“Masaya po kasi isa din siya sa hinahangaan ko dati sa Adamson,” Flora said.
But the current Adamson skipper remained focused on leading Adamson-Akari in win-column as it already fell into a 0-4 hole after losing Creamline.
“Siguro sa lahat sa blocking sa offense ‘yun,” Flora said. “Mas magfofocus kami sa lahat ng weaknesses namin tsaka kailangan namin maging disciplined sabi nga nila coach sobrang wala kaming discipline sa system namin.”
Flora and the Lady Falcons try to end their skid against Petro Gazz on Saturday followed by a Sunday match against Ateneo-Motolite.