Alyssa Valdez reiterates unwavering commitment to play for Philippine team if called upon
Alyssa Valdez believes the Philippine women's volleyball team will do better in the next SEA Games. Jerome Ascano 

KUALA LUMPUR — Alyssa Valdez reiterated her commitment to the Philippine women’s volleyball team and is batting for the continuation of the program with the same squad that placed fourth in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.

"Commitment is not an issue. Kapag binigyan ng pagkakataon, susugod at lalaban tayong mga Pilipino," Valdez said, when asked about playing for the Philippines, including the 2019 SEA Games to be hosted by the Philippines.  

Women’s team coach Francis Vicente said on Monday he would like to see the roster retained while adding more players to form a pool as they eye more international events.

[See Francis Vicente hoping current Philippine women's volleyball team would be retained for future int'l events]

"We were there," Valdez said. "There were moments na kaya na talagang kuhanin ('yung set) but definitely, we can't make excuses. 'Yung dinala ng Vietnam, marunong talaga sila mag-close ng battle-for-third na match."

"Marami silang experience going to the tournament. Moving forward, we have to look forward na tuluy-tuloy 'yung team na 'to, madagdagan ng talented na mga Pinay na atleta. Sana patuloy na suportahan ng bansa ang mga atleta," Valdez said.

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Valdez noted careful planning of training leading up to big events is very important.

"I really have to look into consideration my health din kasi it's a long tournament. We came from Japan training, AVC tournament. Kailangan talaga, sound mind, sound body, 101 percent everytime na papasok ng court," said Valdez.

"We have to double time sa paghahanda. Hindi lang sa coaches, kailangan din namin mag-aral para sa sarili namin," Valdez said.

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