Jema Galanza on national team: ‘Babalik ako na nafe-feel kong deserve ko’

With her breakthrough performance in the recently concluded 2019 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Jema Galanza is making a strong case for the Philippine national women’s volleyball team.

The Open Conference MVP was called up to don the tricolors but chose to beg off to focus on the Creamline Cool Smashers’ title defense campaign.

Galanza emerged as the best player for Creamline in the tournament, evident with her MVP and Best Open Spikers award.

But while the 5-foot-7 spiker keeps her door open for a possible national team return, Galanza said she will come back only if she feels she has earned her stripes.

“Pwede naman po, pero siguro mas gusto ko na babalik ako sa national team na nafe-feel kong deserve ko, na talagang pagtatrabahuhan ko,” she said.

The Cool Smashers successfully defended their Open Conference title after overpowering Petro Gazz in straight sets, 29-27, 25-22, 27-25, yesterday in Game Two of the finals series at the Filoil Flying V Center.

Galanza delivered anew for Creamline with 16 points, helping team captain Alyssa Valdez who led with 18 markers.

Staying with the pink-clad team turned out to be a good decision for Galanza as the Cool Smashers needed firepower, especially with teammates Valdez and Jia Morado missing a few games due to national team commitments and respective injuries.

“Magandang desisyon iyon para sa akin, and may nangyari sa desisyon ko–hindi lang para sa akin kundi para sa team, kasi nag-champion kami,” Galanza said.

The former Adamson Lady Falcon finished as Creamline’s best player this conference, tallying 226 points on a 14.13 average per game and finishing in the top ten of four skill departments.

With the PVL season coinciding with the national team’s schedule, Creamline players donning the tricolors were left in a complicated situation between club team commitments and representing the country.

In a steadfast decision, Galanza chose to fully focus on the Cool Smashers, while Valdez and Morado did their best to juggle two responsibilities at the same time.

“Marami na kasing nangyayari, magulo na masyado so parang ayoko nang makadagdag pa. Pinadali ko na rin, so nag-stay ako sa Creamline,” Galanza said.

Her solid all-around game could have proved useful to the tricolor squad, who is looking to end their podium finish drought in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

Asked about her possible national team return, Galanza said she will work harder for now and do her best to deserve the spot.

“Sa ngayon, hindi ko pa masasagot pero kapag nakita ko na mas nag-improve pa ako, doon ko pwedeng ipasok ‘yung national team,” she ended.

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