MANILA, Philippines — With the Southeast Asian Games over, and the next club conference of the Premier Volleyball League not until next year, where is Alyssa Valdez headed next?
Valdez helped the Creamline Cool Smashers win four straight matches in the recently concluded PVL Open Conference, but missed their final three elimination round games and the playoffs to focus on her duties with the national team.
The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player was as solid as ever during her time with the national team, which included a fourth-place finish in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Now, however, Valdez is looking to take her talents elsewhere once more. She memorably suited up for 3BB Nakornnont in the Thailand Volleyball League last year before returning to the Philippines and playing for Creamline.
"I'm talking to my managers pa din kasi may offers from ibang countries din," Valdez revealed on Thursday during a press conference that also celebrated the success of the "Battle of the Rivals," a charity match between Ateneo and De La Salle volleyball teams.
"Creamline din 'yung mother team ko sa kailangan din nila malaman. We're really talking about it to fix our schedule para maganda 'yung calendar natin talaga," she added.
According to Valdez, another stint with 3BB is not out of the question, but that is not her lone option.
"As of now, I'm talking with Chinese Taipei. Pero last time I was in Thailand, nagtanong din sila if I'm willing na bumalik," she revealed.
"Wala pa namang final decisions. We're all thankful for all these blessing na pumapasok," she added.
For now, Valdez is relishing her experience in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, which she considers "one of the turning points of my career."
"I'm just really happy na I was given the previlege to go through that challenge with that team and group of people," said Valdez, who was the national team's second leading scorer in Kuala Lumpur behind Jaja Santiago.
Valdez said the members of the national team have every intention to keep training together with the hopes of improving continuously, especially as they are eyeing a better performance in the 2019 SEA Games that will be held in the Philippines.
"Sana, pagdating ng 2019, wala na tayong excuses na we had limited time to prepare. Sana we're all ready, we're all prepared to really win and fight for our country," Valdez said.
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