Nat’l team availability issue looms for Grand Prix 2nd leg

Mark Escarlote on Sep 18, 2019 09:06 PM
Nat’l team availability issue looms for Grand Prix 2nd leg
Alyssa Valdez of Creamline as well as four other national team members playing on the Premier Volleyball League might be unavailable in the second leg of the Southeast Asian Grand Prix in Sta. Rosa, Laguna next month. (Richard Esguerra)

Alyssa Valdez and four other players’ participation in the second leg of the Southeast Asian Grand Prix, which the country will host next month, is up in the air with the possible conflict of schedule with their club league.

The power-hitter will miss the national team’s first leg stint of the Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20, as Valdez is still recovering from a right ankle injury she sustained last week.

The league, which features the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, will make a stop in Sta. Rosa, Laguna from Oct. 4-6. However, Valdez as well as Creamline teammate Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, Maddie Madayag of ChocoMucho and University of Sto. Tomas’ Eya Laure who are all playing in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League might not be available as they have game schedule with their clubs on those dates.     

“I guess we have to work hand-in-hand siguro sa scheduling,” said Valdez. “Our tournament has released also the upcoming games for the second round and the semifinals and finals towards the latter part of the tournament.”

Valdez and Morado have a scheduled match against Madayag’s ChocoMucho on Oct. 5 in Iloilo City while Gonzaga’s PacificTown Army will face PetroGazz on the same out-of-town PVL Season 3 Open Conference playdate. On the other hand, Laure as well as national team assistant coach Kungfu Reyes have a semifinals date with Ateneo de Manila University in the Collegiate Conference on Oct. 6.

“I believe na it's gonna be the talk then of the management, siyempre Creamline. Hindi naman kasi Creamline 'yung I think affected sa scheduling e, marami ring mga team,” Valdez said.

“So hopefully, makapagusap usap na 'yung mga management and the LVPI [Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.] para mas maganda 'yung magiging result, hopefully,” she added.

As part of their preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila, the Nationals are also set to participate in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup on Nov. 5, 7 and 9 where the Pinay squad will be pitted against a university team from Japan and two selections made up of PSL players.

But even this will be a problem for PVL players as Game 1 or Game 2 of the Open Conference Finals is set on Nov. 9.




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