The future of Adamson women’s volleyball program was in limbo after it finished seventh in Season 78 of the UAAP.
It was a domino effect that stemmed from the conflict between its past coaching staff and the management, eventually leading to Sherwin Meneses leaving his post as head honcho last March.
While the school was in search of a new coach, skipper Mylene Paat and main setter Fhen Emnas have already publicized their intent to not return for the Lady Falcons’ 2017 campaign.
What not many people knew was that Adamson’s top spiker, Jema Galanza, was also halfway out the door just a couple of months back to join another team.
“Dapat lilipat ako sa NU,” she revealed.
On why the plans did not transpire, she adds: “Hindi ako pinayagan ng parents ko kasi wala na rin daw akong ilalaro kung lilipat ako.”
Already an incoming fourth year player, Galanza would have had to sit Season 79 out and debut for the Lady Bulldogs in 2018 had the big move materialize.
Coming into her senses, the outside hitter, with the help of her family, deemed staying put as the best choice.
“Ilang taon na lang din naman ako sa Adamson so itinuloy ko na lang din. Napag-isip-isip ko rin kasi baka lalong tumagal pa ako sa college,” she said. “Simula pa lang naman na pumasok ako sa Adamson tama na ‘yung desisyon ko. Kailangan ko na lang ituloy at panindigan.”
Talking about the early exit of Paat and Emnas, the Laguna native shares: “Para sa akin, ang bigat nun kasi sila ‘yung katulong ko tsaka sila din ang ka-close ko. Tumahimik ako lalo sa Adamson kasi nga wala ako masyadong nakaka-usap.”
Though all these now seem like tough roadblocks to overcome, there is no other choice now for Galanza and the rest of the Lady Falcons but to move forward and start the rebuilding process.
Adamson is looking to have a masterplan for the embattled team as it recently tapped American coach Airess Padda to lead the squad’s resurgence.
“Sobrang perfectionist siya so kailangan laging maayos ka gumalaw. Sobra siya sa parusa pero maganda naman ‘yun kasi makikinig ka talaga. Tututukan ka niya,” shared Galanza, talking about her new mentor.
“Hindi naman siya strikto pero gusto niya nakikinig ka. Mabilis ka din dapat maka-gets na pag sinabi niya kailangan nagagawa mo agad,” she added. “Pero nakikipagtawanan naman siya. Nagjo-joke siya sa amin. Kaya okay ang lahat.”
With her seniors out of the picture, Galanza is now pushed into the limelight as the veteran of the San Marcelino crew.
And even though a return to the semis will be a tough hill to climb for such a young team, Galanza says a girl can dream.
“Gusto kong maganda kalabasan ng next season kahit bata pa ‘yung mga kasama ko,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio