MANILA, Philippines – Creamline star Alyssa Valdez says she is simply following the decision of her club, even though she truly wants to represent the Philippines in international competition.
Creamline announced Saturday that Valdez will not be allowed to participate in the "Clash of Heroes," a fundraising event featuring members of the women's national team training pool.
In a statement, the club said that Valdez has been carrying a heavier load than anticipated as its imports still cannot play, thus Creamline "cannot risk injury to her from overplay."
The injury worry seemed justified as Valdez had to play through a sprained ankle in Creamline's five-set win over Air Force on Saturday, where she still wound up scoring 25 points.
Afterward, Valdez said she did try to appeal her club's decision. "Definitely, sino ba namang ayaw mag-represent ng country?" she said.
"Siguro, tight talaga 'yung schedule, and 'yung katawan ko rin siguro. 'Yun din naman 'yung kailangan natin alagaan for the future tournaments na din, hindi lang for local tournaments, pero for the international, while hopefully representing the country," she added.
[We have a tight schedule, and I'm also thinking about my body and my health. I do need to take care of my health for future tournaments, not just local but also international.]
Of Creamline's statement, Valdez said: "It's a decision of the club din. They're trying to protect all the players under them, which is super nice."
She also noted that Creamline and its parent company, Rebisco, have been helping the national team through sponsorship.
"Hindi naman nila mamasamain kung kailangan maglaro ng players nila. But I think, iniisip din nila 'yung kapakanan ng players nila," she said.
[They won't prevent their players from participating, but I think they're also considering their players' welfare.]
Valdez is aware that skipping the "Clash of Heroes" may end up killing her chances of making it to the national team, but she says she respects the decision of the coaches who will make the selection.
"I think sila talaga 'yung may authority to decide kung sino 'yung makakapasok sa line-up," said Valdez. "Kung mabibigyan din talaga ako ng chance, bakit hindi?"
"Pero when it comes to these things, you really have to follow 'yung decision ng home club mo. Kung may other chances, bakit hindi?" she added.
[They have the authority to decide who will make the line-up. If I'm given the chance, then why not? But when it comes to these things, you have to follow your home club's decision. If I have another chance, then why not?]
She also shrugged off the critics who will no doubt question her commitment to the national team cause. Aside from skipping the "Clash of Heroes," it has been reported that Valdez has not been diligent in attending the national team practices.
"It's other people's opinion," she said. "But if you're going to ask me kung 'yung commitment rin lang sa volleyball itself, I think I really want to play, no matter what happens."
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