By EUGENE FLORES
FORMER Adamson University standout Jema Galanza was torn between her alma matter and her sister, MaFe, during the match between AdU and University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jema, who suited up for the San Marcelino-based squad from Season 76-80, was among the 17,166 spectators who braved the Metro Manila traffic and flocked the venue.
"Hindi ko kasi alam kung sino ichi-cheer ko," Jema explained as her younger sister debuted in the UAAP. "Well, balance lang naman, [magchi-cheer ako] kapag naka-point UST, [tapos kapag] Adamson din [cheer din sa kanila].”
Mafe, though, got the better end of the match as UST escaped with a, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6, win.
The younger Galanza had played sparingly in the first four sets before she started in the fifth and scored one point in the match.
Despite not having much anticipation, Jema expressed support to her sister.
"Nag-post siya ng picture [before the game] tapos ayun nga sabi nya galingan ko, galingan ko," said the rookie Galanza.
Cheering on both sides, Jema hardly weighed the match but applauded her younger sister.
"Mabigat din naman sakin na natalo [ang Adamson] kasi syempre dun din naman ako nanggaling parang nararamdaman ko rin kung anong nararamdaman nila. Kasi sobrang hirap din matalo 'di ba?” said Jema.
"Pero sa kapatid ko lang, sobrang proud ako sa kanya na nandito na siya sa UAAP and nakikita ko na nag-improve talaga sya,” she added.