Semi-pro ranks next for Ara Galang after academic requirements

After seeing a promising season go to waste last year, Ara Galang made sure such catastrophe won’t happen again.

Pouring effort in rehab and recovery, the former UAAP MVP saw her blood, sweat and tears pay off when La Salle won the championship Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Galang, who suffered a massive knee injury in the Season 77 Final Four, started slow in Game 3, but came through with timely attacks and held fort on defense to help the Lady Spikers annex their ninth UAAP title.

For her, it was destiny fulfilled.

“Naniniwala kasi ako na everything happens for a reason,” she said. “Siguro ito yung destiny namin ngayon. Destiny namin na magchampion this season, yung mga past season naman nangyari na and alam namin na tapos na yun.”

The Pampanga native finished with just 9 points in the do-or-die tiff, but had 19 excellent receptions for the Taft squad, which ended a 2-season finals losing streak to the Lady Eagles.

“Importante yung ngayon,” emphasized Galang, who won a total of 3 championship with La Salle, all against Ateneo. “Mas naging matibay kami at maraming natutunan na lessons from past seasons.”

Now leaving the Lady Spikers after maximizing her eligibility, Galang believes her legacy will depend on the volleyball fans who witnessed her stellar career.

“Kung ano yung makita ng tao, or kung ano yung maiiwan sa kanila yun na yung iiwan kong legacy sa kanila,” said the veteran.

On her future plans, Galang shared, “May one term pa ako, so studies first. Siguro if makakapaglaro sa semi-pro kapag may opportunity naman go naman ako.” — By Jason Mercene