Valdez, Morado to return to Manila in time for PVL semis

Mark Escarlote on Oct 21, 2019 10:26 AM
Valdez, Morado to return to Manila in time for PVL semis
Setter Jia Morado and Alyssa Valdez will return to Manila from their National team training camp in time for their club team Creamline's PVL Season 3 Open Conference semifinals series.

TOKYO --- Top hitter Alyssa Valdez hopes to make the most of her short stint together with Creamline teammate Jia Morado in the Philippine national women’s volleyball team training camp here.

The Cool Smashers’ open hitter and setter will return to Manila on Friday in time for Creamline’s semifinals game in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference set this weekend. The unbeaten Cool Smashers are still waiting for their semifinals opponent pending the conclusion of the elimination round on Wednesday.  

“Hopefully naman kahit ilang days lang kami dito we can improve our chemistry with the team also, I think most especially Jia. I think her role is also crucial and she really wanted to get all the type of sets na gusto rin talaga ng mga teammates niya,” said Valdez on Monday morning in Day 1 of  the camp.

The Nationals left Manila on Sunday for a 12-day training camp as the Philippines’ preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games shifts into full gear.

The Creamline duo will be able to join the Nationals in two of its scheduled five tune-up games against Kashiwa Angel Cross on Tuesday and against Gunma Bank Green Wings on Thursday in this Japan training camp bankrolled by Rebisco, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. and the Philippine Sports Commission.

“Hopefully we make the most out of it bonding and jelling inside the court,” Valdez said.

After a week of rest and her right foot strapped on a walking boot, Valdez also hopes to work her way back into top form.

“Our team doctor naman said na after one week of wearing that boot I have to undergo therapy for five days,” Valdez said. “Sakto naman today is my first day to train but honestly this is my first time again na makaka-train with the team.”

Despite her short stay, Valdez was grateful to her club team for allowing her and Morado join the Nationals and to Philippine team head coach Shaq Delos Santos for understanding their situation.

“I think we have a month naman, when we go back to the Philippines, to train with them,” said Valdez. “I think having this compromise naman it helps our club team in Manila, the Creamline Cool Smashers, and siyempre ‘yung national team.”

Day 1 of the training camp started with an early morning workout supervised by conditioning coach Nathan Futalan at the adjacent parking building of Route Inn Hotel Sagamihara, where the Nationals are staying.

The team will then work on basic volleyball drills in the afternoon at Sagamitana High School gym, just a 15-minute walk from the hotel.



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