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    Stepping up for Valdez, Morado allows Galanza to join MVP conversation

    Oct 20, 2019

    JEMA Galanza vows to continue embracing her role as Creamline’s leader until it completes its title-retention bid in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference.

    “Talagang mas magiging leader ako kahit hindi ako 'yung pinakamatanda at sasabihan ko sila kung ano maitutulong ko sa kanila,” said Galanza. “Tutulungan ko sila hangga't makakaya ko. At hindi ako mapapagod, every game talaga, gagawin ko best ko.”

    As three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez has been missing several games due to her right midfoot injury and commitment to the women’s national team along with Jia Morado, Galanza emerged as the Cool Smashers’ go-to spiker.

    The former Adamson star has been stepping up big time both on offense and defense as well as the leadership inside the court that’s why Creamline preserved its perfect record to 15 games even without Valdez and Morado.

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    With her emergence as the Cool Smashers’ main hitter, Galanza made it to the MVP race as the team’s top scorer and league’s No.7 with 13.5 points average in 14 games and fourth best spiker with 35.89% attack rate.

    But for the reigning 2nd Best Outside Spiker, winning the MVP is not her goal as she wants to accomplish Creamline’s golden repeat in the Open Conference.

    “Di ko naman siya iniisip e kasi ang goal talaga namin is 'yung championship e,” said Galanza, who is No.6 in service with 0.36 ace per set, fourth in reception with 44.03% efficiency and ninth in digging with 2.93 digs per set.

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      The 22-year-old Cool Smasher also wants to win the title for Valdez and Morado, who already sacrificed a lot of matches just to serve the country in its medal quest in the Southeast Asian Games.

      “Para kay ate Ly at ate Jia talaga kasi medyo nakikita ko 'yung stress nila na hindi nakakasama sa amin,” Galanza said. “Gusto kong mag-enjoy sila at mag-focus sila sa national team kaya ginagawa ko 'yung best ko.”

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      Valdez and Morado will be in Tokyo, Japan until November 2 and will likely miss the semifinals.

      Creamline has a game remaining seeking an elimination-round sweep against Motolite on Wednesday.

      Galanza promises to keep the unbeaten run of Cool Smashers as they approach the matches that mattered most.

      “Siyempre last na, bakit magpapatalo pa, 'di ba? Kukunin na namin 'to para din ma-boost kami for semifinals and ayaw namin na mas mastress kami na natalo kami,“ she said.

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