Valdez to skip Bali Pure's first three games
Mark Escarlote on May 23, 2016 06:29 PM
BUSY V --- Bali Pure skipper Alyssa Valdez (right) and Grethcel Soltones (left) will skip at least three games in the 13th V-League.
Fans of Alyssa Valdez won’t see the “Phenom” in action until the fourth match of her team Bali Pure in the 13th V-League Open Conference.
The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player will be forced to skip the first three games of Bali Pure in the league that will open its action on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan for a prior commitment to her fans in Europe.
Valdez left for London on Monday and will fly back to Manila on June 7.
The 22-year-old hitter will miss Bali Pure’s game against Iriga on Monday, a match with Philippine Air Force on June 4 and a showdown with National University on June 6.
“I’m gonna be flying to London tomorrow,” Valdez told ABS-CBN Sports Sunday during the no-game opening ceremonies of the league where she led the oath of sportsmanship.
Valdez will be joined by Bali Pure teammate and back-to-back NCAA Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones and former Ateneo de Manila basketball star Kiefer Ravena in the London trip where they will play an exhibition volleyball match with Pinoys based in the United Kingdom.
“May 27 we’re gonna play at the University of East London,” added Valdez, who arrived in Manila Sunday morning from an exhibition match and meet-and-greet stint for the Filipino community in Doha, Qatar.
The 78th UAAP co-Athlete of the Year winner will then invade Italy with Soltones.
“On June 2 na we’re gonna be in Italy. Si Kiefer di na namin kasama kasi may commitment din siya. So sa June 7 balik namin sa Manila,” she added.
Valdez’s projected first game with Bali Pure, composed of other former Lady Eagles Amy Ahomiro, Denden Lazaro, Mae Tajima, Dzi Gervacio and playing coach Charo Soriano, will be against University of the Philippines on June 13.
“Siguro may mga mami-miss din akong mga games pero definitely when I get back siyempre kailangan nating maging committed sa V-League,” Valdez said.
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