Valdez thankful for opportunity in Taiwan
Alyssa Valdez is making the most of her stint in the Chinese Taipei Volleyball League. (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Valdez on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TeamAlyssaV)
BOCAUE, BULACAN -- Alyssa Valdez, who is home from a short vacation from her playing stint for for Attack Line in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball league, says her experience abroad is a very big help in her stint for Creamline next year.
Valdez, who just came home yesterday evening and will leave for Taipei tomorrow, went to the Philippine Arena to watch Kiefer Ravena and the NLEX-Globalport tussle.
In seeing the situation of volleyball in Taiwan and the Philippines, Valdez noted the similarities of the sport in here and in Taiwan, but she hopes that the sport's popularity would be the same as in the Philippines.
Though Valdez, who admitted that she was not able to play that much for 3BB Nakornnont in Thailand as an import, she now enjoys her playing time with the Taiwanese league, getting more minutes and opportunities to get better in every game.
"Sa Thailand, iba 'yung level of play and super dami talaga nang magaling na players and teams," Valdez said, whose teammates were members of the Thailand youth volleyball squad.
While the former Ateneo Lady Eagle traveled a lot this year, she said that the trips were not in vain, and thanks Creamline for giving her a chance to grow as a player, with her eyes solely focused on the team next year once she finishes her remaining games in Taiwan on Dec. 30 and 31.
"Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga."
As for improving herself for the new year, Valdez noted that she needs to work harder and continue to become a good teammate.
"Professionally, we really have take it seriously and make ample time to prepare. Like in college or nasa high school, you have to work hard talaga sa off-season and develop that chemistry with your teammates. "