Alyssa Valdez out to make a splash as she returns to UAAP beach volleyball
Alyssa Valdez says this is not the first time she would be playing in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament, recalling a stint she had with Ateneo three years ago. Czar Dancel

AFTER the disappoinment of losing to National University in the Shakey's V-League finals, Ateneo Lady Eagles star Alyssa Valdez is heading to the beach.

But it's not what you think.

The popular Ateneo spiker is set to make a comeback in beach volleyball, teaming up with Bea Tan to represent the school in the UAAP tournament which kicks off on Saturday at University of the East Caloocan.

The 22-year old is a back-to-back MVP in the league in the indoor, six-a-side game, but Ateneo will be the underdog in a beach volleyball field led by defending champion University of Santo Tomas pair of Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera.

"Maputi pa po ‘to, wag kayong mang-judge," Valdez kidded about her complexion when asked about her return to beach volleyball. "I’m playing with Bea again this week. I hope makapag-focus naman sa beach volleyball."

Valdez has been very preoccupied with the six-a-side game. She led Ateneo to a second successive UAAP title in March, joined the national team that competed in the Asian Under-23 in May, flew the flag in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in June and played in the Shakey's V-League since.

That's why she admitted not knowing what to expect in her return to the game.

"Hindi ko po alam. But I heard, we heard, well every year naman na competitive din talaga," she said. "'Yung mga teams kasi they really recruit players for beach volleyball talaga."

Valdez said this is not the first time she would be playing in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament, recalling a stint she had with Ateneo three years ago.

But one thing sure, she will not be as prepared as the others.

"I guess it’s going to be competitive. Nahihiya nga ako kay Bea kasi she really trains every day and I can’t train kasi we have to focus on (the Shakey's V-League) Finals," she added.

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"Sana maka-contribute lang sa ako sa beach volleyball this year."

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