MANILA, Philippines – Creamline team captain Alyssa Valdez earned the inaugural Philips Gold-PVL Press Corps Player of the Week honors for her efforts for the Cool Smashers from July 8 to 15.
The four-time PVL Most Valuable Player opened the week with a 23-point performance against the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in a four-set win for Creamline.
Against the Myla Pablo-powered Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, the former Ateneo de Manila University star exploded for 30 points and 16 digs to push Creamline to another four-set win that propelled the Cool Smashers to the top of the PVL Open Conference standings with an immaculate 4-0 record.
Valdez has been on fire throughout the entire conference, and she once again leads the league in scoring with a total of 108 points in four games. She also has nine total aces, and ranks sixth in digging with 3.56 digs per set.
The three-time UAAP MVP credits her solid performances to the addition of new teammates, including former Ateneo teammate Jia Morado, who is now Creamline's starting setter. Veterans Rose Vargas and Ging Balse have also provided scoring punch and leadership for the Cool Smashers.
"It's been great having Jia back on my side," said Valdez, who teamed up with Morado for three seasons in Ateneo. "She has always been a great setter, and she really makes it easier for her spikers like me to score."
"Sobrang happy din ako to have Ate Rose and Ate Ging on the team, kasi I've always looked up to them. They provide a lot of inspiration for the team to keep working harder, especially in practice," she added.
While her week was productive, Valdez was left with some bittersweet feelings as she is now set to leave Creamline for the final stretch of the elimination round.
The high-leaping open hitter leaves for Japan on Monday with the national team, for a training camp scheduled from July 17 to August 2.
"Definitely, it's going to be hard for me to leave the team, kasi nga very crucial 'yung last games namin," said Valdez, who will miss the Cool Smashers' final three elimination round assignments.
"But I'm confident in my teammates and my coaches, that they will find a way," she added. "I'm definitely looking forward to coming back and playing with my teammates again."
Valdez will suit up for the national team in the AVC Asian Seniors Women's Championship in Biñan and Muntinlupa from August 9 to 17, and in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia from August 19 to 30.
With Valdez leaving the team with a perfect 4-0 record, the Cool Smashers need only one win to qualify for the semifinals.
Valdez will be back to try and lead Creamline to their first ever Finals appearance.
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