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UAAP Volleyball: Valdez stays neutral, expects tough battle


by Kristel Satumbaga

Volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez is not choosing a side in the ongoing UAAP women’s volleyball Game 2 match between University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo.

Having played for UST in high school before transferring to Ateneo in college, the 25-year-old Valdez said seeing her two former schools battling for the championship crown makes her proud already.

Alyssa Valdez

Alyssa Valdez

“I’m just happy na both na pinanggalingan kong schools, andito na sa finals. They deserve to be here,” said Valdez.

Wearing UST’s colors, Valdez led the Tigress Cubs to three UAAP girls titles where she also claimed three Most Valuable Player honors.

She continued her dominance and leadership in the court with Ateneo in college, steering the Lady Eagles to two UAAP titles and multiple individual accolades that include three Season MVP plums and one Finals MVP award.

Knowing the attitude of players from both teams, Valdez expects a hard-fought match.

“Gusto ko lang ng isang magandang laban kasi alam kong both teams naghirap para makarating dito. So ang ine-expect natin, both teams ibibigay ang buong puso nila,” Valdez said. (I just want a good fight because I know that these teams play with their hearts.)

“I think they both deserve the championship but kaso isa lang talaga yung mananalo so good luck na lang to both teams,” added Valdez.

UST is currently gunning for a sweep of the crown in the best-of-three series while Ateneo seeks to forge a deciding Game 3 on Saturday at the same venue.

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