Valdez meets former allies in marquee showdown
Mark Escarlote on Oct 11, 2016 11:48 PM
Enjoy lang -- Alyssa Valdez on match with former teammates
Alyssa Valdez takes on familiar faces on Wednesday when the Bureau of Customs Transformers cross paths with the top hitter’s former teammates in BaliPure in a marquee match of the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The Transformers are on a roll after winning two straight and are looking to keep its streak going at the 6:00 p.m. game that will air live over S+A channel 23 and S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
Valdez is coming off a record-breaking feat as the former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle powered BoC to a 18-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9, win over Laoag last week with 39 points that shattered the 38 points scoring standard in a single game made by Thai import Sontaya Keawbundit in Season 7 first conference while playing for Ateneo.
BaliPure will have a tougher challenge as they will not only contend with the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player and two-time UAAP champion Valdez but also against reinforcements Kanjana Kuthaisong and Natthanicha Jaisaen, who were cleared to play after missing two games following the release of their International Transfer Certificates.
But Valdez played down the angle of a rivalry against her long-time buddies.
"Alam nyo mamamatay kami sa katatawa siguro," she joked. "Hopefully enjoy lang."
The Water Defenders are coming off a sorry 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 13-25, loss over all-Filipino collegiate team University of Sto. Tomas last Saturday.
American imports Katherine Morrell and Kaylee Manns scored 25 and nine points, respectively, the last time out. Manns had 41 excellent sets and will again spearhead the Water Defenders’ offense to barge in the win column.
But all eyes are set on Valdez testing the defense of her former team composed mostly of her former Ateneo teammates.
Libero Denden Lazaro, Amy Ahomiro, Dzi Gervacio and Ella De Jesus hope to cash in on their familiarity on Valdez’s attacking tendencies to slow down if not stop the power-hitter.
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