MANILA, Philippines – Jema Galanza shone in front of her family as she led the way for Creamline to beat Cignal and win her third straight win in her home province of Laguna.
With imported Yeliz Basa grappling with HD Spikers’ defense, the outside attacking player surged to the occasion with 17 points to push Cool Smashers to victory 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-12 on Saturday at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex.
San Pedro-born Laguna said she is supported by her family, including her sister Mafe and Creamline fans, who watch their matches wherever they play.
“Swinerte lang ako siguro. Happy lang ako kasi nanood yung family ko righton lang sila ulit nakanood kaya ganado din maglaro,” said Galanza, who had 14 attacks, two blocks, and one trump card on 17 dugouts.
(I’m just lucky. And happy that my family watched my game. It’s their first time watching in a long time. That’s why I’m so happy.)
Galanza, one of the most famous athletes in the country, attributes her outstanding play to the cheers of fans during their out-of-town match.
“Sometimes I am speechless every time they shout my name and my team. It gives me more motivation to play well every time I hear them,” former PVL MVP in Filipino. “I’m really grateful to our fans because they’re always there to watch, clap and dance with us wherever Creamline plays.”
Despite winning the first three games to share the lead with Chery Tiggo, Galanza admits that they still have a lot of work to do as keepers of the Cool Smashers eye to complete a Grand Slam. in this season.
“We have to reduce errors and communicate better. We just have to be confident and keep our spirits high whatever happens,” she said.
Galanza and Creamline gun in their fourth win over Akari on Thursday at Philsports Arena.
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