Nay Minda is a volleyball fan like no other
ABS-CBN Sports on May 05, 2017 06:05 PM
Nay Minda (extreme left) and fellow Alyssa Valdez fanatic Jean Gosingco meet up with their idol upon her arrival from her stint in Thailand.
This was not an exaggeration, but Brenda Taveza, 62, of San Mateo, Rizal, covered her eyes with both hands and cried a river upon seeing Alyssa Valdez crumple on to the floor wincing in pain Sunday night in Creamline’s opening match against Perlas Spikers.
An attack of cramps hit Valdez just when the Cool Smashers, down by 1-2 in sets, were slightly ahead in a brave comeback in the fourth set attempting to force a deciding set. But it was not to be even if the superstar managed to return to the court after a few rotations in the set.
That Valdez was able to recover was enough for Mrs. Taveza, affectionately called Nay Minda by her fellow Alyfinity members. “Whether Alyssa’s team wins or not, it does not matter to me. Just to see her in person, much more play, will already make my day,” said the dress shop owner in Filipino.
Hours before, related Jean Gosingo, an Ateneo alumna and another out-and-out Valdez fan, Nay Minda had chanced upon Alyssa outside the arena. “Alyssa at once embraced her and asked how she was. Ang saya-saya ni Nanay Minda. She really couldn’t stand Alyssa getting hurt during a game so she cried when our idol slumped on the floor and could not get up. Good it was only cramps and not a serious injury like torn ACL.”
The whole time Nay Minda was shedding copious tears, Gosingco’s attention was on her box section seatmate.
“I was really worried about her; I feared something might happen to her at her age.”
It is always a long day for Nay Minda whenever she sets out to watch Valdez’s game either at San Juan Arena, MOA, Araneta Coliseum, or Philsports or outside Metro Manila. She just commutes to any of this playing venue from the town of San Mateo, taking several jeep and a few bus rides to get there. Going home, she commutes back to Cubao and will take a taxi if it is already late in the night.
She does not mind doing all this commuting all too often if it will get her near Valdez. A volleyball enthusiast in general, she became an instant and exclusive Alyssa fan when she watched her almost singlehandedly steer Ateneo to its first ever women’s volleyball title in Season 76.
“Not only is she brilliant at volleyball, she’s also very nice and humble. She has no airs when she’s on the court,” Nay Minda added.
“And she’s never one to grab all the credit; she always shares it with her teammates,” cut in Gosingco.