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Jema Galanza and the art of slowing down

Creamline star Jema Galanza attacks against Cignal’s Jac Acuna during the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference. PVL PHOTOCreamline star Jema Galanza attacks against Cignal’s Jac Acuna during the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference. PVL PHOTO 

VOLLEYBALL is a game of speed and quick reflexes.

A player must be fast enough to read and react to what’s happening on the court, and decide quickly what to do with the ball — whether that player is going to save it with a dig, kill it with a spike, or set it up to a teammate for an attack.

But deception and slowing down is also a part of it, especially when a player is going for an off speed attack.

Jema Galanza, 26, is one of those players in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) who does this kind of attack splendidly.

Interestingly, slowing down — being patient — is also one of the valuable lessons she learned in life.

“For me [the most important lesson I’ve learned so far is that] you need to enjoy the moment, be that in volleyball or in life. Don’t be in haste,” Galanza shared to celebrity host Luis Manzano in “Luis Listens.”

“I used to be frantic that I wanted to immediately achieve my goals, which is impossible to happen. Right now, I want to take it one step at a time. Whatever that one goal is, I’ll do that first [before doing the others].”

Like most volleybelles, playing volleyball serves as a sanctuary for Galanza. She loves every bit of it. The pride of San Pedro, Laguna, though, admitted that the sport also takes a toll on her mentally.

Slowing down and learning to step back from the game is the key for her salvation.

“Volleyball is really my stress reliever. I really like training. I really like to be on the court. I really like to have a ball on my hands. But lately, volleyball’s also taking a toll on me so every off season, I don’t want anything volleyball related. I don’t want to think about it.

“As of right now, I enjoy doing karaoke with my [friends to relieve my volleyball stress],” shared the Creamline Cool Smasher.

Mutual love

Galanza loved and continues to love volleyball.

With that passion, the 5-foot-7 outside spiker became one of the best players in the country today, having won multiple awards and championships.

She bagged five titles with Creamline in the PVL and seized the 2019 Open Conference MVP and First Best Outside Spiker awards.

Volleyball is returning the favor to the former national team member.

“If you love volleyball, don’t give up on it because it will love you back in a way that you can’t even imagine. I loved volleyball and it gave me back so much more,” said Galanza.

“I was able to finish my studies, help my family and build a house. I am now able to get what I want because I didn’t give up on volleyball. You will learn so much more in life [through volleyball]. I became a stronger person. In your journey, you will be able to see who are the ones who are important to you.”

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