Valdez to join Davao leg of national team tryouts

Mark Escarlote on Feb 18, 2017 10:42 PM
Valdez to join Davao leg of national team tryouts
Alyssa Valdez will fly to Davao City to join the national team tryout.

Former three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez will join the Davao leg of the national team tryouts.

Valdez will fly to Davao City on February 25 and will go back to Thailand where she is seeing action for 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League the following day.

National team coach Francis Vicente, who recruited Valdez from Batangas to join the University of Sto. Tomas high school team, said Saturday that the ex-Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle contacted her to show her intention to try out for a possible second tour of duty.              

“Siya ang kumontak sa akin. ‘Yun lang naman ang hinihintay ko eh,” said Vicente, who was tasked by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. to form the national squad that will see action in the Asian U-23 Championship, Asian Women’s Seniors Championship and the Kuala Lumpur South East Asian Games on August 19 to 31. 

LVPI scheduled three legs of tryouts for the national pool. Valdez skipped the Manila leg last January 29 because of conflict with her game with 3BB Nakornnont. The Cebu leg started Feb. 18 to 19.  

Although Valdez saw action and served as the country’s flag-bearer in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, Vicente said that all aspiring players should undergo the tryouts to be fair.

“Kasi ang point ko rito marami ang nagsasabi na mayabang daw ag dating ko. Hindi, it’s fair. Kasi bakit? Gaya ni Jaja (Santiago). Si Jaja pinagbawalan ni Roger (Gorayeb) pero si Jaja was there. She took the exams except the physical. Alam naman natin na naglalaro si Jaja eh. Physically fit eh. Pero yung intention of being there that means a lot,” said Vicente. “It means her desire to join the team is there. Tatlong araw siyang nandoon.”

“Tapos si Dindin (Santiago-Manabat) alam naman natin na may anak siya na dapat bantayan pero nandoon. Si Aby Marano nandoon. Kahit na isang araw si Aiza (Maizo-Pontillas), nandoon si Ara Galang, si Mika Reyes, si Denden Lazaro. Yun ang point ko roon eh,” he added.

Vicente and his assistants Brian Esquivel and former national team player Nene Ybanez, who was a member of the legendary women’s volleyball team that won the country’s last gold medal in the SEA Games back in 1993 in the Singapore edition of the biennial meet, compose the selection committee. 

There will be an extra tryout for collegiate players but via invitation only according to Vicente.

“Meron para sa collegiate (players) kasi mayroon ako dito na napipili eh. Pero ito by invitation na lang parang handpick kasi sa school ‘yan eh. Kailangang formal ang paalam. May mga napipili kasi ako (na college players) na very qualified,” he said.

The final list of the players chosen to join the pool will be announced by the end of the month.





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