Can Valdez get a third straight PSA volleyball citation?
Alyssa Valdez was last year's Philippine Sportswriters Association Miss Volleyball. Will she receive another citation?
Will Alyssa Valdez receive her third straight recognition for the sport of volleyball?
This will be known when the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) salute once again the best and brightest of 2015 as it holds its traditional Annual Awards Night on Feb. 13 at One Esplanade in Pasay City.
Highlight of the formal affair presented by MILO and San Miguel Corp. is the honoring of the highly-coveted Athlete of the Year award, won by BMX rider Daniel Caluag in 2014 for providing the country’s lone gold medal in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Several prominent personalities from different sports are in the running for the prestigious plum solely handed out by the country’s oldest media fraternity which turns 67 this year.
Major awardees and citations will also be given out to athletes, entities, and organizations, which did the country proud in the year just passed.
Also to be honored are the gold medal winners during the country’s campaign in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
With the popularity of volleyball reaching an all-time high last year, the citation for the athlete that showed brilliance in the sport is also one of the most anticipated.
Valdez, who led Ateneo de Manila to a back-to-back title in the UAAP and bannered the national team in the Asian U-23 and SEA Games, was named Miss Volleyball for the second straight year after sharing the citation with then De La Salle skipper Aby Marano back in 2014.
The PSA, under president Riera Mallari of the Manila Standard, will also hand out the President’s Award, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Posthumous.
Others to be recognized include the Tony Siddayao Awards for outstanding athletes aged 17 or younger, and the MILO Outstanding Athletes for boys and girls.