MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Valdez did not take any time off after the national women's volleyball team's training camp in Japan, instead going straight to her club team's practice in Katipunan just a few hours after arriving in Manila.
Valdez and the rest of the squad arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Wednesday afternoon, after which the former Ateneo de Manila University superstar went straight to the Creamline Cool Smashers' practice in Katipunan.
The Cool Smashers more than held their own without Valdez, as they completed a sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference elimination round last July 30.
However, Creamline will surely need Valdez in their best-of-3 semifinals series against Bali Pure, which starts on Saturday.
"Hopefully," Valdez said when asked if she can return to her club team.
"I'm really hoping na makabalik ako and makatulong, and maka-contribute talaga sa team, makapag-laro with them. We're really hoping," she added.
[I'm really hoping to return and help the team and contribute to the team, and play with them. We're really hoping to work things out.]
Unfortunately, Valdez could not fully commit to playing on Saturday due to her duties with the national team.
"We really have to talk, para maganda naman ang kalabasan ng lahat. Siyempre, we're also thinking of the national team and for the club team na maganda 'yung resulta," she said.
[We have to talk about it so the result will be favorable for everyone. We're thinking of both the national team and the club team.]
Valdez and the rest of the national team have a break on Thursday, but they go back to work on Friday. Then, they will get their first test starting on August 9 in the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship in Biñan, Laguna, and Muntinlupa.
After that, the women's team leaves for Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games.
"It's going to be a long month," Valdez said. "And we're really hoping na mas maganda at mas tumibay pa ang jelling and pagsasama ng national team."
[It's going to be a long month, and we're really hoping that the national team's chemistry will continue to improve.]
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