UAAP 81 Finals: Alyssa on latest Ateneo title: “Sa kanila ‘to”

Paul Lintag on May 18, 2019 06:09 PM
UAAP Finals: Alyssa on latest Ateneo title: “Sa kanila ‘to”
Ateneo overcame a series-deficit to win the women’s volleyball championship of UAAP Season 81, beating the UST Golden Tigresses in a decisive Game 3 Saturday at the MOA Arena.

When Alyssa Valdez went to Katipunan and suited up for the Lady Eagles, Ateneo’s volleyball program reached new heights.

With Valdez at the lead, Ateneo won its very first UAAP championship with an incredible comeback against De La Salle.

With Alyssa terrorizing oppposing blockers, the Lady Eagles won a second UAAP title via a dominant sweep.

Three seasons after Valdez’s last UAAP point, the Lady Eagles are back on top of the food chain.

Ateneo overcame a series-deficit to win the women’s volleyball championship of UAAP Season 81, beating the UST Golden Tigresses in a decisive Game 3 Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Alyssa, who was on deck to see Ateneo’s return to power, couldn’t be more happier.

“Ano ba pakiramdam? Alam mo kahit hindi ako kasama sa team na to na nag-champion, I’m really just happy for the girls,” Valdez said.

“Alam ko pinaghirapan nila. Moment nila to, sa kanila to,” she added.

Valdez, who was just one of a number of former Lady Eagles present at the MOA Arena, says she’s just content to being in a supportive role this time.

Still, after seeing Ateneo win another UAAP title —the school’s third overall and first without Valdez — all the memories came rushing back for Alyssa.

“Sana lang ma-celebrate namin with the community,” she said.

“Sila nagpakahirap dun, nandito lang kami para sumuporta. Hopefully naman nagawa namin,” Valdez said.

 

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