"We're thankful to be in the Finals, we didn't expect to be here." - Ateneo's Alyssa Valdez

Santino Honasan on Apr 30, 2016 08:01 PM
“Life goes on. Hindi naman ‘yun natatapos dito.” -- Alyssa Valdez

“I love my teammates, everyone! Whooo!”

An emotional Alyssa Valdez yelled out as she headed out of the Araneta Coliseum press room for her last ever post-game presser as a member of the Ateneo Lady Eagles.

The UAAP journey comes to a dramatic end for Valdez, as she and her Ateneo Lady Eagles fell to the De La Salle Lady Spikers in four sets during the UAAP Season 78 Women’s Volleyball Finals decider.

And while the back-to-back-to-back MVP was visibly distraught right after the match, she bravely faced the media, eyes still red from all the tears, and immediately praised their rivals, and now new UAAP Women’s Volleyball Champions.

“Congratulations to the De La Salle Lady Spikers, they really played well today, they really played as a team, and they’re really strong.”

In the early going, it looked like Valdez was primed to will her Lady Eagles to a third straight title with a commanding performance in the first set. In the succeeding sets however, the Lady Spikers took over, at times looking like they had stifled the Phenom.

Valdez still ended up with an impressive 31 markers, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. But for the Lady Eagles skipper, she was just happy to be back in the Finals for the fifth straight time.

“Our team naman is just so thankful to be in the finals because we really didn’t expect to be here, we didn’t expect na magiging number one kami after eliminations, and I think our team naman, we couldn’t ask for more.”

Valdez was part of all five of Ateneo’s last five title appearances.

“We played our best, we gave our best, and in any sport naman, giving your best and doing your best, no matter what, win or lose, you’re okay. Syempre, the thing is, still winning, and wala namang may gustong matalo, so we’re just happy to be here.”

Valdez may have ended her career with a painful loss, but it should do little to tarnish the legacy she will be leaving with Ateneo, which includes five finals appearances, three Most Valuable Player nods, two championships, and countless other individual awards.

Valdez will be leaving the UAAP and will surely make her mark wherever she decides to play, or whatever she decides to do, moving forward.

“Life goes on. Hindi naman ‘yun natatapos dito.”

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