AFTER missing part of the Philippine women’s volleyball team’s overseas training, Alyssa Valdez is eager to see action as the Philippine women’s volleyball team enters the final stretch of preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The Filipinas begin battle on Monday against Vietnam, and Valdez vowed to give her all as the country goes for its first women’s volleyball medal since 2005 when the Pinays bagged bronze.
After that meet, the country did not see action in tournament until 2015.
“Alam mo 'yun, last push,” said Valdez, who’s on her third straight stint in the biennial meet.
“For me, ibibigay [ko] talaga 'yung 100 percent ko in training, hopefully, more than a hundred percent in games talaga,” she added.
Valdez, who sustained an ankle injury a few months before the SEA Games, assured that she’s fully recovered and is ready for battle.
“Ako, iniisip ko talaga na I'm fully recovered talaga and really ready to give and to play for my teammates and the country,” she said.
Meanwhile, despite the hosting issues, Valdez is hoping that the Philippines can come out victorious.
“Hindi parin tapos, kakasimula palang ng SEA Games, so hopefully, eventually, magiging maganda rin 'yung mapapakita ng Philippines, not only sa paghahanda ng SEA Games but also sa mabibigay nating medalya para sa bansa,” said Valdez, who was the country’s flag bearer in the 2015 meet in Singapore.
The Philippine women’s volleyball team will participate in the opening ceremonies at the Philippine Arena on Saturday evening.