La Salle encountered some tense moments late in the third set when Ara Galang went down with an injury that forced her to go to the dugout to be checked.
Walking away from the court visibly in pain, the former MVP was subbed out in favor of rookie Tin Tiamzon as Ateneo took the set.
Fighting back, Galang checked back in the fourth frame, but her triumphant return was not enough as the Lady Eagles beat them in Game 2 of the UAAP women’s volleyball finals Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After the match, La Salle Office of Sports Development boss Nong Calanog said Galang’s injury was not serious, that’s why she quickly returned to action.
“We’ll meet up with the doctor tomorrow, but as far (as we’re) concerned, it’s nothing serious. That’s good news for us,” he said, refusing to go into details about the Pampanga native’s condition.
Calanog was the only La Salle official who addressed the media as players and coaches denied interview requests post-game.
Galang suffered a massive knee injury in their Final Four win over NU in Season 77, but has come back to give the Lady Spikers an all-around weapon in their run to the finals this year.
But with the Taft belles in a do-or-die situation, Calanog hopes the team finishes the job on Saturday.
“Tomorrow back to work because we only have 2 days to prepare and adjust so definitely they’ll go back to the drawing board tomorrow and look at the tapes, and see where adjustments have to be made and then go back to work on Saturday,” he said.
Eyeing for redemption this season, Calanog said the Lady Spikers will need to adjust to cut Ateneo’s 2-year reign.
“They’re upbeat. They don’t want put their one year of hardwork down the drain so there’s really nothing you can do but to go back and play, see saan tayo nagkulang and then make sure na we don’t do that next game,” he closed. — By Jason Mercene