Valdez to suit up for Creamline in semis
Mark Escarlote on Aug 04, 2017 10:29 AM
Alyssa Valdez will suit up for Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference semifinals against BaliPure.
Creamline will see the return of its main weapon Alyssa Valdez in Game 1 of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Open Conference semifinals series against the BaliPure Water Defenders Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) allowed the national team member Valdez to see action in the 4:00 p.m. semis opener that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.
LVPI acting president Peter Cayco said they allowed Valdez to suit up for the undefeated Creamline after Rebisco, its mother company, sent them a letter citing the need of the firepower of the Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player.
Cayco said that LVPI is grateful for the support of Rebisco, the chief sponsor of the national squad that will compete in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games, and allowing Valdez to play for her team is a little way of repaying the very generous company.
“Rebisco is a staunch supporter of Philippine volleyball so we might as well repay that kindness by allowing its top player to play for her club,” said Cayco.
Rebisco bankrolled the campaign of the Rebisco-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Manila squad in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Kazakhstan a few months ago and sponsored the national team’s 17-day training camp in Japan. They also allowed Valdez to join the Japan camp.
Valdez skipped three elimination round games for the Cool Smashers.
“At this point, we believe we have left no room for doubt on our commitment to and support for the national team,” the Rebisco management said in a letter sent to LVPI. “We do not think that three game days are too much to ask from the LVPI for the services of our player, especially since she will continue to practice with the NT and participate in the AVC, which will start on Aug. 9.”
Game 2 of the semis series is on Sunday and if needed, Game 3 is on August 9, the same day of the Nationals’ AVC Women’s Senior stint kickoff against Hong Kong at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan City.
The Nationals arrived from their grueling training camp Wednesday. Valdez resumed her training with Creamline.
However, Valdez will be quartered with the rest of the Nationals at Orchid Hotel and Crimson Hotel in the duration of the Asian Seniors.
“Allowing her to suit up for Creamline doesn’t mean that we won’t be fair to 13 other players on the team,” Cayco said. “She still has to train and join the team in its hotel. Si coach Francis na bahala sa schedule nya. They have to sit down and discuss it.”
Valdez is not the first player to play in an international tourney while suiting up in a club league.
Last year, 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago had to be escorted by the highway patrol from Alonte Sports Center after her game with Foton in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship to be able to suit up for National University in the V-League at PhilSports Arena.
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