Sisterly Pride: Jema Galanza Cheers on Mafe’s Success in PVL Finals
MANILA, Philippines — Jema Galanza relished playing with younger sister Mafe in Creamline’s title-retention bid in the 2023 second All-Filipino Conference finals.
Jema was thrilled to see her sister’s composure on the biggest stage as a backup setter for Kyle Negrito in the Cool Smashers’ 25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 25-22 win over the Choco Mucho Flying Titans in Game 1 of the best-of-three Finals on Thursday evening.
“She is also calm inside the court even though this is her first time to play in the PVL and it’s the Finals,” said the star outside spiker. “It feels great to play with her in this kind of game. I hope she will continue to learn more but I wanted to hug her earlier because I am so proud of her,” she added.
The younger Galanza played as a substitute in the second and fourth sets to back up Negrito. Jema bared that she convinced Mafe to play for Creamline as Negrito needs a backup playmaker in filling in Jia De Guzman’s shoes with the eight-time PVL Best Setter living her dream in Japan as the Denso Airybees’ Asian import in the V.League.
“I was sad back then. But I pushed her to play now because this is our opportunity to play together and it’s special since it’s her first pro stint,” Jema said.
She hopes to win a championship with her sister in the PVL and more importantly, complete another All-Filipino sweep after all the Cool Smashers’ went through before this season-ending conference.
Galanza and Co. try to capture their third straight All-Filipino crown when they go for a sweep against Choco Mucho in Game 2 on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“The team went through a lot and we didn’t expect to reach this far. We don’t want to waste our hardships because everyone really stepped up. We will fight until the end,” Galanza said.
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Posted by Inquirer Sports on Thursday, December 14, 2023