No reaction: Valdez led out of arena after Ateneo's loss

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 06, 2016 08:01 PM
No reaction: Valdez led out of arena after Ateneo's loss
Alyssa Valdez being led out of the arena by former Ateneo de Manila athletic director Ricky Palou.

Sportswriters were left with nothing to write about Alyssa Valdez’s reaction after Ateneo de Manila suffered another setback in the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament Sunday when the Queen Eagle was escorted out of The Arena in San Juan before anyone could fire a question.  

The reigning back-to-back Most Valuable Player emerged from the dugout wearing shades and with her head held down when reporters approached Valdez for a statement after the Lady Eagles suffered a painful 25-19, 22-25, 17-25, 22-25, loss at the hands of their Katipunan neighbor University of the Philippines.         

Ateneo suffered its first back-to-back losses in three years. The Lady Eagles’ 24-game winning streak was halted by rival De La Salle last week in straight sets at the end of the first round of eliminations.  

Frustrated and obviously disappointed with the sudden turn of events, the usually jolly and charming Valdez was a look of gloom when politely asked by the media for a short postgame interview. 

Valdez, who scored 19 points, paused and seemed to give reporters a minute when former Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou wrapped his arms around the hitter and hurriedly led the Lady Eagle to the exit.

Valdez’s father, Roel, who was walking behind Palou and Alyssa, tapped a lady reporter on the shoulder apologizing for not entertaining the media’s request.


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