Ailing Valdez, Morado uncertain for ASEAN Grand Prix

Mark Escarlote on Sep 29, 2019 09:03 PM
Ailing Valdez, Morado uncertain for ASEAN Grand Prix
Alyssa Valdez is still on the road to recovery from a foot injury while setter Jia Morado is coming off a teeth extraction procedure, making their availability for the ASEAN Grand Prix uncertain.

Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado’s availability for the national women’s volleyball team’s participation in the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix remains uncertain.

With less than a week before the country’s hosting of the regional tournament set on October 4 to 6 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the duo as well as three other players currently playing in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League Season 3 might skip the Grand Prix for various reasons.

From injury woes, schedule conflicts to teeth extractions, the Nationals could be staring at only 10 players available from its 15-woman core.

For one, the PVL schedule coincides with the staging of the ASEAN Grand Prix.

Creamline is due to play sister-team ChocoMucho bannered by another national team member in Maddie Madayag on Saturday in Iloilo City while opposite hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army also has a game that day against PetroGazz in the Open Conference.

If necessary, Eya Laure of University of Sto. Tomas could play in do-or-die semifinals Game 3 against Ateneo de Manila University in the Collegiate Conference.    

“I think as of now we’re instructed that we’re also playing in Iloilo sa team,” said Valdez.

She explained that they will follow their management’s decision on the matter.  

“I guess may pinag-uusapan po sila,” she said. “We’re here to follow din naman those instructions. As of now kung ano ang instructions, sila ang may desisyon.”

Valdez, who is still recovering from a right foot injury, could miss the AGP for the second straight time. The many-time national team member skipped the first leg, where the Nationals brought home a bronze medal, after sustaining a foot injury just days before their flight to Thailand.  

As for Morado, the playmaker might need more time to recover after undergoing teeth extraction following her return from a tour of duty last week.

“Actually before national team pa lang medyo hindi na nya kaya [ang pain] because four teeth ang tinanggal sa kanya so she had to wait. Pagbalik tinaggal, apat,” explained Morado’s Creamline teammate Michele Gumabao. “So ngayon medyo recovering pa siya kasi hindi pwedeng igalaw yun eh. Hindi rin pwede i-practice kasi bubuka so she has to fully heal before she can play.”

With all these availability issue, head coach Shaq Delos Santos and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will be scrambling to convince the clubs to loan their players if not look for replacements.     

“Chinecheck pa namin kasi yung magiging line-up namin dahil meron kaming kailangan iconsider and dapat ayusin so we don’t know yet kung ano yung possible na mangyayari,” Delos Santos said.

But the mentor assured the Nationals will be ready for their home stand.

“But of course, kahit ano mangyari talagang ready yung team and palaban lahat yan,” he said.




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