MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - DLSU Lady Spikers superstar Ara Galang injured her left knee against the NU Bulldogs on Saturday, March 7, during their Final Four round match.
La Salle prevailed in four sets to advance to the UAAP Finals for a seventh straight season, but the fourth-year player Galang crumpled during a fourth-set spike attempt and clutched her left knee right away upon landing.
According to a source, Galang suffered tears in her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and medial miniscus, plus a big bone bruise.
Source says she "can play maybe in eight months," adding that she'll undergo surgery after swelling subsides in a month. The cause has been attributed to fatigue.
A source at Makati Medical Center confirmed that Galang has already been discharged but said they cannot comment on a patient's status over the phone.
Galang down and holding on to her left knee after scoring on a play #rstream pic.twitter.com/FRBo0FPx63 — Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) March 7, 2015
Galang, 20, of Angeles City, Philippines has been a major part of La Salle's volleyball success in recent years, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and being named UAAP co-MVP in 2013.
Game one of the finals is on Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ateneo, who swept the eliminations and beat DLSU twice, will have a thrice-to-beat advantage.