Dumadaan talaga sa mga ganito -- teary-eyed Valdez after semis loss
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 26, 2017 05:12 PM
Philippine national women's volleyball team ace spiker Alyssa Valdez being consoled by former Senator Pia Cayetano. (Photo courtesy of @camillenaredo)
KUALA LUMPUR --- Filipina ace spiker Alyssa Valdez was reduced to tears after the Nationals bowed out in the semifinal of the 29th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball tournament against powerhouse team Thailand on Saturday.
Valdez was overwhelmed with frustration after the PHI absorbed a 21-25, 17-25, 17-25, at the MITEC Hall 11 here.
The former Ateneo de Manila standout scored 10 points – all from kills in a 10-of-27 spiking clip – but had a rough outing with several attack miscues and was put in check by Thai blockers.
Valdez’s frustration piled up as the Thais kept on testing her defense both at the net and at the backrow with the Filipina yielding points to the FIVB ranked no. 16 squad.
Valdez was subbed out by head coach Francis Vicente in the third set with the PHI already behind, 5-11, and was already in tears.
Alyssa, emotional yet still thankful for the unwavering support they get. pic.twitter.com/gUmQJyVhAZ— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 26, 2017
"This is my second time sa SEA Games, I really want to do well and contribute for the team, and do well for the team talaga," a still teary-eyed Valdez said. "So ganun, dumadaan talaga sa mga ganito.”
Valdez was consoled by former Senator Pia Cayetano, who was there to support the Nationals together with Senator Allan Peter Cayetano and gave an inspirational talk to the team after the loss.
Pia Cayetano consoling a teary-eyed Alyssa Valdez after the loss pic.twitter.com/YTEgzKlJkP— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) August 26, 2017
Cong Pia Cayetano giving the girls a boost . Highly appreciated by our girls pic.twitter.com/Cq4dExqhvT— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 26, 2017
Vicente in an interview said that he was unsure why Valdez broke down to pressure and frustration considering that she’s a veteran in local and international contests but encouraged his ward to stay strong for there is still an important battle ahead - a chance to duplicate he Nationals' last podium finish back in the 2005 edition of the biennial meet held in Manila.
Coach Francis on Alyssa's reaction after the game. pic.twitter.com/rl9CvN4ujo— Camille B. Naredo (@camillenaredo) August 26, 2017
The PHI will take on Vietnam, which defeated the Filipinas Friday in the group stage, for the bronze medal on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.