Ara Galang starred in F2 Logistics’ bronze-clinching Game Two victory over PLDT in the 2023 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference battle for third.
Galang put on an all-around performance to lead the Cargo Movers’ 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-15 win over the High Speed Hitters at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday night, helping the team reach its highest finish in the PVL.
The former UAAP Most Valuable Player ended up with a triple-double of 14 points on 10 attacks and four huge blocks, along with 16 excellent digs and 10 excellent receptions for F2 Logistics.
“Masarap lang sa pakiramdam kasi yun nga podium finish kami although hindi yun yung main goal namin. At least, one step closer kami,” said Galang after the win.
“One conference at a time naman kami. This conference nag-improve kami so tutuloy-tuloy lang kami, hindi kami titigil. Pipilitin pa namin na makuha yung goal namin next conference. Bronze is the new gold,” she added.
Galang’s numbers were far from her usual output back in her prime, but the former La Salle star – who dealt with a number of injuries in the past – has been a key cog in the Cargo Movers’ floor defense throughout the import-less conference.
The 28-year-old outside spiker from Angeles, Pampanga said that she has been working hard on returning to her tip-top form and vowed to help the team in every area as they try to get over the hump and surpass their bronze finish in the next conference.
“Ako, basta’t pipilitin ko lang palagi na mag-improve every training namin everyday, kung ano pa yung mai-improve ko sa sarili ko para makatulong ako sa team,” Galang said.
“Yun din naman main goal ko rin e kung saan ako makaka-contribute sa team whether offense or defense o sa lahat. Kailangan sa lahat na yun kaya kong mag-contribute sa team.”
Galang also said that the team will build on everything they learned this conference and they will not stop until they finally reach their goal of winning a PVL title.
“We’re grateful sa bronze medal na ito. Every conference naman umaangat kami so kailangan lang magtuloy-tuloy kami. Hindi kami titigil kami sa binubuo naming sistema,” the 5-foot-7 hitter said.
“Lahat naman kami meron nung hunger na manalo. Hindi lang kami titigil. Excited na kami next conference kasi maganda yung finish namin. Kailangan lang namin iangat ang isa’t isa.”