Valdez leads nominees for national team skipper
Alyssa Valdez is listed as one of the candidates for national women's team skipper.
Superstar Alyssa Valdez looms as one of the favorites among the candidates to take the position as team captain of national team based on the list of the pool selection provided by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.
The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player leads the candidates for captain ball for the squad that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia on August 19 to 31.
Valdez headlined the 25-man pool released by head coach Francis Vicente, who molded the former Queen Eagle to a dangerous all-around player when he recruited her to play for the University of Sto. Tomas high school, Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forom at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.
Aside from the 23-year-old hitter, Kim Fajardo of De La Salle, Cignal’s Rachel Anne Daquis and multi-awarded lefty Aiza Maizo-Pontillas of Petron are all nominated for the position.
Valdez, who suited up for the Asian U-23 team and 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore two years ago, said that she’s thankful for the opportunity to represent the country once again.
“I'm blessed to be part of the pool but it doesn't stop there. I hope to contribute to the team,” said Valdez, who is in Thailand playing for 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League.
The San Juan, Batangas native added that being named team captain will be a bonus but pointed out that what is important is that the squad will know their role to help the cause.
“Being the team captain isn't important as long as we all help each other in representing the country,” she added.
Joining Valdez, Fajardo, Daquis and Maizo-Pontillas in the pool are Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aby Marano, Dindin Manabat, Lourdes Clemente, Gen Casugod, Maika Ortiz, Marivic Meneses, Myla Pablo, Gretchel Soltones, Elaine Kasilag, liberos Bia General, Denden Lazaro and Kath Arado and setters Rhea Dimaculangan and Roselle Baliton, Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, Kim Dy and Dawn Macandili.
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