BEFORE taking a long break in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Creamline star Alyssa Valdez gave it her all on Saturday.
Valdez erupted with 30 points built on 27 attacks to lead the Cool Smashers to a 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19 win over Pocari Sweat and a perfect 4-0 record.
The former Ateneo star leaves for Japan with the national team to train for the Southeast Asian Games from July 17 to August 2 and will likely miss the rest of their elimination round assignments.
"I was super inspired to play in today's game kasi hindi mo masasabi kung ano yung babalikan ko after training ko. Pero my teammates, the management, and coaching staff are very supportive," said Valdez in the aftermath of the match at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Unless the Cool Smashers make the semifinals, Thursday's match would be her last game so Valdez made sure to leave the team with an unblemished record.
But with just a win away from securing a semifinals slot, the former Ateneo superstar is confident her team will pull through.
"I'm really confident sa teammates ko," she said. "I-inspire lang namin yung isa't isa. I'm training not only for the national team, but also for the team na iiwan ko."
"Looking forward na makakalaro pa ko with my teammates kasi ang babalikan ko semifinals na," she added.
For now, she is thrilled to learn the tricks of the trade of Japanese players during the out of the country training.
"I want to learn their discipline and how they take care of themselves," she said.
"They won't last sa volleyball career nila kung hindi nila inaalagaan sarili nila. I want to see the culture of how they take care of themselves not just inside the court, pati kung ano ginagawa nila after."