Ibang-iba ‘yung environment -- Valdez on Customs debut
Mark Escarlote on Oct 04, 2016 10:27 AM
At the end of the day, pare-parehas kami ng pinapanindigan at tini-training. 'Yun lang naman ang pinaghuhugutan namin lahat so we try to stick together and play together -- Alyssa Valdez
Superstar Alyssa Valdez played with a new team but still delivered the goods for the Bureau of Customs Transformers.
But the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player admitted that playing under a new color with new faces takes a little time of getting used to.
“Ibang-iba ‘yung environment,” said Valdez.
The former Ateneo de Manila star scored 18 points in Customs’ 25-23, 25-18, 25-22 win over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons on Monday in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Despite training together for less than a month and marching into battle against the Lady Maroons parading the same core that played in the Open and Collegiate Conferences and going all-Filipino, the Transformers played as one cohesive unit with Valdez getting the much-needed backup on offense from Rosemarie Vargas, Lilet Mabayyad and Pau Soriano.
“We play the same sport naman,” said Valdez, who transferred to BoC after seeing action in the Open Conference with BaliPure. “At the end of the day, pare-parehas kami ng pinapanindigan at tini-training. 'Yun lang naman ang pinaghuhugutan namin lahat so we try to stick together and play together.”
The Transformers benched their Thai imports Natthanicha Jaisaen and Kanjana Kuthaisong because of technicalities with their playing documents.
“Definitely, sobrang big factor ng mga imports. Sa training, we've practiced with them. Nagulat din (na wala sila), but volleyball is a game naman na kailangan mo mag-adjust in every circumstances and ‘yun ang kailangan naming gawin kanina,” the two time UAAP champion Valdez said. “We're really happy na nagawa namin kanina.”
BoC tied Laoag with 1-0 win-loss record at second to third spot behind league-leading University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses.
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