Every second, every day talaga na ginagawa ni Lord Iím just gonna enjoy it -- Valdez on her final playing year

Mark Escarlote on Jan 21, 2016 02:35 PM
Valdez talks about her last playing year for Ateneo
Kung ikaw na nasa last year mo na, you just want to give your all and help din the team talaga --- Alyssa Valdez

With still a week before the start of the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, graduating player Alyssa Valdez just can’t help but feel sentimental about her final playing year.

The Queen Eagle will soar for the last time for the blue and white.  

“Every second, every day talaga na ginagawa ni Lord I’m just gonna enjoy it with my teammates and coaches,” said the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player who led the Lady Eagles to back-to-back titles.

Valdez, now on her fifth year, said that she and another outgoing senior, Amy Ahomiro, wanted to keep their minds out of their swan song and focus on the team’s goal: a third straight crown.    

“Siyempre as much as possible hindi na rin naman naming iniisip masyado ni Kiwi na last year na namin,” added Valdez, who starred the national team in the Asian U-23 and Singapore Southeast Asian Games last year. 

“Kung ikaw na nasa last year mo na, you just want to give your all and help din the team talaga. We want to enjoy also. At the same time play talaga with our teammates lang this year,” she said.

Valdez and the Lady Eagles will open their season on January 31 against another powerhouse team in the National University Lady Bulldogs.

But Valdez, who became the face of volleyball’s resurgence, admitted that the thought of hanging her Ateneo jersey after the season pops in her head every once in a while.     

“We’re not really thinking about it but once in a while talagang papasok na tumatanada na rin talaga kami ni Kiwi and we’re really like the seniors na siyempre tinitingan din ng mga bata,” said Valdez.

“We’re just doing our part, making our roles sa team, aside from that, we just want to enjoy and be happy lang with the team.”

Valdez’s colorful career in the UAAP started with her high school success with University of Sto. Tomas where she won three championships before transferring to the Loyola-based squad. 

She won two silver medals with Ateneo in Seasons 74 and 75 before rallying the Lady Eagles to two championships in a row including a clean sweep of last year’s tournament.  

 

 

 

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