Jema Galanza shrugs off personal milestone: “Mas happy ako pag nag-champion kami”

With an unprecedented 19-game winning streak, the Creamline Cool Smashers have undoubtedly made the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference their undisputed territory.

At the center of their dominant title campaign is open spiker Jema Galanza, who is statistically the best all-around player of the conference.

While the Cool Smashers continue to enjoy a balanced effort from all ends, the 5-foot-7 spiker has headlined the pink-clad team all throughout the tournament as she finished the eliminations as their leading scorer with 226 points on 14.13 average points per game.

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Admitting her joy in seeing her efforts recognized, Galanza said she’ll be happier with helping her squad win the championship.

“Para sa akin naman po, sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam kasi lahat ng pinaghirapan ng team at pinaghihirapan ko, may nangyayari. [Pero] mas happy ako pag nag-champion kami,” the open spiker said.

The defending Open Conference champions are one win away from defending their crown after disposing the Petro Gazz Angels in straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, 27-25, last Wednesday in Game One of the best-of-three title series at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Galanza chipped in 15 points to help Alyssa Valdez who spearheaded the Cool Smashers’ winning effort with 19 points.

The Creamline team captain praised Galanza for her tournament-long dominance, noting her fellow open spiker’s growth and maturity since playing with the team.

“Napakalakas lang talaga ng Jema Galanza. [She] really matured from the first time I get to be with her as a teammate–iba na ‘yung growth niya as a player and as an individual,” Valdez said.

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Finishing in the top ten of four skill departments, Galanza commended her team’s character and fight against the Angels, who gave them a difficult time in the second and third sets.

“Siguro nagkatalo lang sa mas lumamang kami, mas lumaban kami and hindi kami sumuko. Kita niyo naman na lumalamang sila nang malaki pero nandoon kami para habulin ‘yung Petro Gazz at talagang lumaban,” she said.

Facing their Reinforced Conference tormentors, the Cool Smashers are looking to deny the Angels back-to-back title finishes and snatch their third championship in the league.

With both teams practically matched up on paper, Galanza noted Creamline’s heavy service game against the reception-steady Petro Gazz team to help them take Game One.

“[Yung] Petro Gazz, number one sila sa receiving, kaya hindi kami basta-basta magpapasok nang service. Kasi kapag naka-receive sila, mapapaikot ng setters ‘yung spikers nila e,” the open spiker said.

A game away from the Open Conference title, the league-leading squad hopes to learn from their Reinforced Conference heartbreak and finish the championship round as quick as possible.

Looking to take the crown in Game Two, Galanza reminds her team to further minimize errors and maintain their optimistic attitude at all times.

“As a team mas mage-enjoy pa kami sa loob ng court. May times kasi na tumatahimik kami sa loob ng court, so iyon lang ‘yung dapat naming maiwasan, na dapat happy lang kami inside the court,” she ended.