Valdez to don Ateneo jersey anew

Mark Escarlote on May 05, 2016 10:48 AM
Valdez to don Ateneo jersey anew
Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez's flight for the blue and white will have an encore two months from now.

Alyssa Valdez played her swan song for Ateneo in the UAAP five days ago.

But the flight of the Queen Eagle for the blue and white will have an encore two months from now. 

The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player said that her services for the Katipunan-based squad is not yet finished as she is set to don the Lady Eagles jersey once again but this time under the national colors in the 18th ASEAN University Games in Singapore from July 9 to 19.

“This July hopefully (makakalaro) ako sa ASEAN University Games,” said the 22-year-old San Juan, Batangas native, who helped the Lady Eagles conquer Seasons 76 and 77.

Valdez, who was denied a chance at a graceful exit by bitter rival De La Salle University in an epic best-of-three Season 78 title series that went to a decider last Saturday, and Ateneo, if things go according to plan, will try to improve their bronze medal finish in the 2014 Palembang, Indonesia edition.  

“Hopefully if possible puwede (pa akong lumaro). Ateneo ang dadalhin ko pero I’m not yet sure kasi hindi pa kami nakaka-commit (ng final),” she said. “So hopefully talaga kasi it’s for the country din naman.”

The Lady Eagles, who were then also bannered by Ella De Jesus, Denden Lazaro and Michelle Morente, dominated their first match in the Games against Malaysia, fell short against powerhouse teams Indonesia and eventual champion Thailand before setting up a bronze medal showdown with Malaysia in a straight-set clobbering of Singapore.

Valdez in the bronze medal match was unstoppable as she smashed 16 points, all from kills, while De Jesus chipped in 14 in a 25-11, 25-11, 25-16 scoring clinic over the Malaysians that saw the Lady Eagles hammer 46 kills, 30 attacks more than the total of their rivals.

Ateneo’s third place finish was one of the 21 bronze medals that the Pinoy student-athletes collected in the 11-country field. The Philippines bagged 10 gold medals and 11 silvers to land at fifth spot behind overall champion Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.   

Aside from playing in the ASEAN Games, Valdez said that she will play locally in the V-League Open Conference, which will unfurl on May 15, but is yet to ink a deal with a team.

 

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