Even with credentials as storied and impressive as Alyssa Valdez’s, it won’t be enough to assure you a spot when tryouts for the national volleyball teams start in two weeks.
Newly appointed women’s volleyball national head coach Francis Vicente was firm bent on shutting the door on players who will not show up in the January 28, 29 and 31 workouts, however phenomenal they may be.
Valdez for instance, isn’t a shoo-in.
“We all know that Alyssa’s one of the best volleyball players in the country,” said Vicente of the Ateneo standout during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum inside PSC’s Media Center.
But I don’t want to be unfair with the others. I don’t want to be branded as favoring a player. They all have to undergo the process (of trying out),” added the current University of the East coach who consequently, coached Valdez during her high school days at UST.
But the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI), isn’t all too worried with Valdez’s desire to play for the national team, as the 23-year-old has already expressed her willingness to join the squad when they wage battle in the regional and Asian level this year.
“Actually she met with me last Saturday,” said LVPI acting president Peter Cayco. “I told her that the instructions of the coaches is there should be no special treatment, but we would love for you to join the national team.”
“She told me that she has two or three-day breaks, within those days she says she will go back here and try out for coach Francis,” added Cayco who is confident Alyssa will oblige even with her current stint overseas with Thai squad 3B Nakornnont.
Cayco says he is delighted with the show of intent from the former UAAP MVP, adding that it just goes to show the commitment and passion Valdez has for flag and country.
The Philippine volley teams will is set to compete in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Under-23 Championships and the Asian Senior Championships.
Meanwhile, the Manila 10s International Rugby Festival is slated March 25 and 26 at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. This will coincide with the Federation of Touch Football Pilipinas’ (FTFP) Touch Invitational in the same venue. Triathlete Monica Torres also grazed the forum as she gave an update in her stint internationally.
Blog entry #23 for 2017 Subject: Alyssa-no-shoo-in
Time Stamp: 1/17/2017 1:14 AM