MANILA - Despite getting a green light from the national team, Alyssa Valdez will not be donning her Creamline jersey on Saturday as the team's management decided not to risk the volleyball star’s health when the Cool Smashers face the BaliPure Water Defenders for the Philippine Volleyball League semi-final series.
In a statement posted on the Cool Smashers' Twitter account, the Rebisco Management bared that it wanted to preserve Valdez’ current condition for the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia this August.
“After careful deliberation, we regret to inform you that Management has made the difficult decision to preserve Ly's current health condition and make her sit out all remaining Creamline games,” the statement said.
The management, however, assured volleyball fans that Valdez would still be present in the games to provide moral support and cheer on her teammates as they start the best-of-three semis series against the Water Defenders at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
Rebisco also reiterated its full support for Valdez’ inclusion in the national team, explaining that it wants her to fulfill her dream of representing the country.
“Lahat naman tayo gusto natin kung ano ang pinakamabuti para kay Ly. We just want to make sure that Alyssa gets to fulfill her dream of representing the Philippines in the upcoming SEA Games,” the management said.
Valdez got the go signal from the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) on Friday to join the undefeated Creamline come the PVL Final Four.
In an interview at the airport upon the national team's arrival from a 17-day training in Japan, Creamline's main gunner said she hopes the LVPI would allow her to play in game 1 of the PVL semifinals.
“I'm really hoping na makabalik ako and makatulong and maka-contribute talaga sa team,” said Valdez. “We really have to talk para maganda naman ang kakalabasan ng lahat.”
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