SEA Games: Bum stomach holds Valdez to SEA Games career-low two points

Mark Escarlote on Dec 07, 2019 09:40 PM
Bum stomach holds Valdez to SEA Games career-low two points
Alyssa Valdez has been battling a bum stomach since Thursday. (Arvin Lim)

Alyssa Valdez tried her best to help the Philippines salvage a win to end the preliminary round on a high note, but a stomach illness prevented the hitter from displaying her usual aggressive offense.

The veteran started in all but one of the four sets with limited minutes in the Filipinas’ 25-22, 26-28, 22-25, 14-25, defeat at the hands of Indonesia on Saturday to close the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition preliminary round winless.

Valdez averaged 18 points in the first two games but was held to only two markers – her personal career-low in the biennial meet.

“May iniinda siyang masakit,” said team captain Aby Marano of Valdez, who for the second time declined to address the media for the postmatch conference.

Valdez was apparently suffering from a bum stomach (hyperacidity) since Thursday, during the Nationals’ straight sets loss to 11-time defending champion Thailand.

“Di rin natin gustong puwersahin siya,” said Marano. “Ang importante sa amin, di man siya makalaro, kung sino yung papalit sa kanya [maga-ambag].”

Despite her illness, Valdez tried to play her role for the team but head coach Shaq delos Santos had to sub her out for young gun Eya Laure, who finished with seven points.  

“Di naman natin pwedeng nahihirapan na ‘yung player tapos pipilitin at lalong lumala ‘yung karamdaman,” said Marano. “Pero ang maganda naman, nandiyan si Alyssa. Pinipilit niya kahit may nararamdaman siyang masakit.”

The Nationals will get a last chance to salvage a win and a bronze medal on Monday in a rematch against Indonesia.




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