Maybe the time for Jema Galanza to win a Most Valuable Player award has finally arrived.
Just last night, Galanza further made quite a strong case for the coveted MVP recognition as she led Creamline to a historic 16-0 preliminary round sweep of the 2019 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference.
The 22-year old outside hitter has had another solid outing as the Cool Smashers defused Motolite in four sets, 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 25-16, to complete a prelims sweep of the all-local tourney.
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Galanza dropped game-high 23 points to go with 21 excellent reception for yet another double-double performance.
It was the fourth double-double output for the Adamson University standout, who further recorded four triple-double numbers across the whole elimination round.
Following this, the 5-foot-7 spiker from San Pedro, Laguna appeared in 5-out-of-7 player ranking by skills at the end of the elims — almost everywhere.
The leading scorer for the ladies in pink, Galanza was overall fourth in scoring, recording 226 points on a average 14.13 points per game.
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As Creamline topped the team rankings in spikes and serve, the 2018 PVL Open Conference 2nd Best Open Spiker was the third-best in spiking (36.43 percent conversion rate) and was the fourth most lethal server (0.37 ace per set).
Galanza was a defensive force as well, ranking third in receiving with 47.22 percent efficiency and seventh in digging with 3.10 digs per set.
There is nothing new about how Galanza’s numbers and how she plays, though.
During her college years, the former Lady Falcon was regarded as one of the most versatile players in the UAAP along with the likes of Ara Galang, Bernadeth Pons, and Sisi Rondina.
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But Galanza has arguably matured from a do-it-all spiker into the full blossom of what she is today — an MVP caliber player for the Tai Bundit-mentored Creamline.
The Cool Smashers missed the services of Alyssa Valdez (injured for weeks and natioal team duty) and Jia Morado (national team duty) on some of their games but it hardly mattered as Galanza rose to the occasion for the defending champions.
If ever, she will be the second Conference MVP awardee from Creamline in the PVL following Valdez’ win in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Is the well-earned top honors on its way for Galanza?
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