Gusto kong pumasok kanina -- Alyssa Valdez
Mark Escarlote on Aug 01, 2016 10:01 PM
As an athlete naman ‘yun lang naman ang gusto mo talaga, ang makatulong sa team --- Alyssa Valdez
Many times did Alyssa Valdez feel the urge to get inside the court and help Ateneo de Manila University.
The blue blood remains running in her veins.
Problem was, she's not in uniform but in jeans and shirt under her varsity jacket sitting on the Lady Eagles' bench as part of the coaching staff.
“Oo naman (gusto kong pumasok kanina),” said Valdez when asked by reporters if she was tempted to change into her uniform and enter the game.
But the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player could just watch helplessly on the bench as the young Ateneo team playing without her in battle for the first time in half a decade bowed down to Technological Institute of the Philippines Lady Engineers, 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 on Monday night in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
“As an athlete naman ‘yun lang naman ang gusto mo talaga, ang makatulong sa team,” added the 23-year-old power-hitter who played her swan song in UAAP Season 78 when the Lady Eagles were brought down from their two-year reign by archrival De La Salle.
“It’s not about winning or losing but it’s about helping the team kung kailangan ng tulong,” she said. “Lahat naman ng nasa labas talaga gustong-gusto na makatulong sa team. Kahit na ‘yung pagbigay ng tubig o pag-cheer lang, that you can motivate and inspire naman your teammates.”
Valdez, who last played with the Lady Eagles last month in the ASEAN University Games in Singapore where Ateneo won the bronze medal, is listed as a regular part of the team’s roster.
But the team’s management decided to put her as a member of the coaching staff instead to give the holdovers and new members of the squad the much-needed exposure for the upcoming UAAP Season 79.
Valdez knew that the decision will benefit the team in the long run.
“It’s really siguro as an athlete you really want to help the team. You really want to contribute. You really want to play with the team, di ba?” Valdez said. “But at the end of the day kailangan din nating isipin ang benefit of the team then in the near future.”
“I just really have to help in a different perspective na outside of the court na. Sana nakakatulong din naman ako in that way, yun lang,” she added.
Also out in the match was Jhoanna Maraguinot and Bea De Leon who were resting their injuries.
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