Jema Galanza offers career game to departed sister

Adamson might not have found a defensive antidote to the scorching hot performance of UST’s Cherry Rondina but its ace spiker Jema Galanza made sure they had enough firepower to match the opponents offense-wise.

Rondina was unstoppable from the get-go, scoring a whopping 30-point output but the Lady Falcons retaliated via Galanza’s 28 points built on 25 kills and 3 service aces to emerge victorious in the five-set thriller.

Asked who she dedicates her career-high performance, Galanza’s mile-long smile turned into a frown when she disclosed that it is for her departed sister, Mary Justin.

“We lost her last year,” revealed the 5-foot-7 spiker.

As it turns out, the outside hitter’s sister lost her long battle to congenital heart disease last July.

“When she died, I already told myself that I will do better in the next UAAP season because she is my biggest fan,” shared the Laguna native.

“She rarely watches my games because of her condition but every time she sees me, she tells me my strengths and weaknesses based on what she saw on TV,” she added.

If Mary Justin was watching, she would have been proud.

Galanza showed tremendous improvement during Adamson’s first outing in Season 78 via the variety of attacks she unleashed against the Golden Tigresses’ defense.

“I learned a lot in the past 10 months. I learned how to be more mature and at the same time, be compassionate for my team,” she said.

On the results of the Lady Falcons’ week-long training in Thailand, she adds, “It was a huge help. Despite the fact that we lost to stronger teams there, we still saw what we still need to work on.”

Having started the tournament on the right foot, Adamson is out to prove that the team is no pushover this year.

But above all the her goals this year, she has one thing on top of her priority.

“I just want to keep making my sister and my family proud of me. If she was here, she wouldn’t have stopped talking about my game today,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio

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