Heart strong Valdez believes they still have a chance to advance to the semis

Mark Escarlote on Jun 10, 2015 07:57 PM
Valdez summons heart strong mantra amid dangerous situation
Alyssa Valdez believes that they can still make the Southeast Asian Games volleyball semifinals despite losing to Indonesia.

SINGAPORE --- It’s not yet the end, it’s just the beginning.

Filipina volleyball star Alyssa Valdez believes that their setback against Indonesia at the start of the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games here is a learning experience and will only make the team stronger.

Valdez and the rest of the celebrated Pinay spikers, all in their first stint in the biennial meet after the country skipped the event a decade ago, bowed down to a strong and experienced Indonesian team, 22-25, 20-25, 14-25, Wednesday at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 here.

The loss puts the Filipinas in a do-or-die situation against Malaysia on Thursday and against the 2013 Myanmar edition’s silver medalist Vietnam on Saturday.

Only the top two teams after the group eliminations will advance in the crossover semifinals and will be assured of at least a bronze medal.

Watch Valdez’s postgame interview here.

Valdez also talks about what they need to do in their next games and her comments about Indonesian players Aprilia Manganang and Amalia Nabila.

Valdez is also very thankful for the support of the Filipino crowd who watched the game and for the those back at home.


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