ALYSSA Valdez is not hanging up her Ateneo jersey just yet.
The three-time UAAP MVP bid an emotional goodbye after the Lady Eagles were dethroned by arch rival La Salle in deciding Game 3 of the title series on Saturday, but the 22-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas hopes to wear her celebrated No. 2 jersey one last time.
Ateneo is set to compete in the 18th Asean University Games from July 9-19 in Singapore and the volleyball darling is keeping her fingers crossed that she can still play for the Lady Eagles.
“This July hopefully (makapaglaro) ako sa Asean University Games,” Valdez said in a sit-down interview on Wednesday afternoon.
The Queen Eagle, who steered the Katipunan-based squad to back-to-back championships in Seasons 76 and 77, said a decent finish in the Asean University Games could be a consolation after the Lady Eagles relinguished the UAAP title to their arch-rivals from Taft.
Ateneo bagged a bronze medal in 2014 when the Asean University Games was held in Palembang, Indonesia, although Valdez pointed out the school has yet to confirm its participation in the tournament.
“Hopefully if possible pwede (pa ako makalaro), Ateneo ang dadalhin ko,” she said. “Pero I’m not yet sure kasi hindi pa kami nakaka-commit. So hopefully talaga kasi it’s for the country din naman.”
Aside from the Asean University Games, Valdez will play in the 13th Season of the Shakey’s V-League but she has yet to commit to a particular team.