ALYSSA Valdez is hoping third time’s a charm as she looks to play for the national team anew.
The three-time UAAP MVP was named to the 22-woman national pool for the Southeast Asian Games and she is confident the team can finally deliver a medal for the Philippines.
The 11-nation meet is being hosted by the Philippines from November 28 to December 10 and Valdez is eager to play for the country anew.
“Siyempre ‘yung una na SEA Games ko, iba pa rin iyon kasi first time ko makarepresent ng country,” said Valdez, who debuted in the SEAG in 2015. “Pero ang pangatlo at lalong lalo na playing here in our hometown, I think this is one for the books na hindi ko makakalimutan.”
“Mas lalo ko pa hindi natin makakalimutan kung magdadala tayo ng glory also sa bansa natin,” the five-time PVL MVP said. “Hopefully, iyon ang laging wish natin sa tatlong taon of representing our country in the SEA Games, iyon lang naman ang hiling natin, experience wise.”
“Masarap maglaro sa sariling bansa. Masayang marining sumigaw, masayang marinig magcheer ang mga kapwa mong Pilipino,” she added.
Valdez is pleased to work with new pool members Kalei Mau, Tots Carlos, Eya Laure, Kath Arado, Alohi Robins-Hardy, MJ Phillips, Jerrili Malabanan, Celine Domingo and Angel Cayuna.
“I think very fresh, very young, and at the same time, there are a lot of veterans na who stayed sa team, so I think it’s a good composition,” Valdez said. “Hope is always there and I think if there’s no action, wala rin mangyayari so it has to start with lahat.”
Also in the pool are Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jia Morado, Jema Galanza, Dawn Macandili, Denden Lazaro, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Ces Molina.