PVL OK with Valdez missing games for nat'l team stint

PVL OK with Valdez missing games for nat'l team stint
I think Creamline has agreed to allow her to participate in the training of the national team so she will miss some of the games -- PVL president Ricky Palou on Alyssa Valdez skipping some games to don the national colors

The Premier Volleyball League sees no problem with its biggest crowd drawer Alyssa Valdez skipping some of Creamline’s games in the Open Conference to join the national team set to see action in two major international tournaments in August.

PVL president Ricky Palou said during the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum on Tuesday that Valdez is free to join the activities of the Philippine team, including its build-up in Japan for the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“I think Creamline has agreed to allow her to participate in the training of the national team so she will miss some of the games,” said Palou, who was joined by PVL tournament director Tonyboy Liao and league organizer Sports Vision chairman Moying Martelino in the weekly sports forum held at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.

The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, who is part of the 14-woman team coached by Francis Vicente, will miss three playdates for the Cool Smashers when the nationals depart for their Japan training that will last from July 17 to August 2.

In a conversation with Valdez last Sunday night after the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Game 3 at the Big Dome, the outside hitter told ABS-CBN Sports that she will join the team in their Japan training camp.

“I think OK naman kasi Rebisco rin naman talaga ang sponsor ng national team. I think nakapag-usapan naman na sila about it,” said Valdez. 

Valdez, who led Creamline to a third place finish in the Reinforced Conference, will miss the Cool Smashers’ elimination games against the Power Smashers (July 19), University of the Philippines (July 22) and Xentro Mall-Perlas (July 30).

In case Creamline advances in the Final Four, Valdez could still suit up in the first two games of the series, a back-to-back outing on August 5 and 6. But will miss Game 3, in case of a need for a decider, which will fall on August 9.

If the Cool Smashers make it to the championship series, Valdez again won’t be able to see action as the schedule will overlap with the national team’s stint in the Asian tilt on August 9 to 17 to be held at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

The SEA Games will be on August 19 to 31.    

Aside from Valdez, PVL will also loan their men’s division players for flag and country.

The men’s squad, which has 10 players out of its 14-man lineup currently playing in their respective clubs in the PVL, will fly to Suwon, South Korea on July 20 for their training camp that will last until August 2.

“I’m sure the club teams will allow their players to go,” said Palou. “If the men’s team are going to train in Korea, the clubs will allow their players to go.”

 

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