Valdez, Pinay spikers learn a lot from SEA Games experience
Mark Escarlote on Jun 13, 2015 02:51 PM
We really gave our best, nothing to lose talaga. We really gained a lot (of experience) talaga in this game --- Alyssa Valdez
SINGAPORE --- Alyssa Valdez and the whole national women’s volleyball team did their best and learned a lot from the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The Pinay spikers will return home without a medal hanging on their necks but they have gained valuable experience that could help the young team develop into a podium-caliber squad in their return to the biennial meet two years from now.
"Everyone’s expecting na makakapasok tayo sa semis pero medyo kinapos tayo but I guess every Filipino naman gusto lang natin lahat na lumalaban tayo," said Valdez, the UAAP Most Valuable Player of back-to-back champion Atene de Manila Lady Eagles.
The Filipinas formally bowed out of contention for a spot in the semifinals, where at least a bronze medal is assured, after a straight set 25-16, 25-21, 25-23Â loss at the hands of the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games silver medalists Sarurday at the close of the group stage eliminations at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 here.
It is the team’s second loss in three games in the country’s first participation in the event after 10 years.
The PHI also dropped their opening game against Indonesia, 22-25, 20-25, 14-25, last Wednesday before sweeping Malaysia, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, last Thursday.
The 21-year-old Valdez averaged 13 points per game in her second straight national team stint after leading the PHI U-23 team to a seventh place finish in the inaugural Asian tilt more than a month ago in Manila.
"We really gave our best, nothing to lose talaga. We really gained a lot (of experience) talaga in this game," said Valdez.
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The PHI last won a medal in the meet 10 years ago when the Pinays snatched bronze in the Manila SEA Games. The last gold medal won by the country was during the time of Thelma Barina, Nene Ybanez and Rosemarie Prochina in the 1993 SEA Games also held in Singapore.
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