ALYSSA Valdez expressed her desire to play for the country but stressed she'll have to follow her mother ballclub's decision prohibiting her from suiting up in the Philippine team’s special showcase on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.
The management of Creamline did not allow its popular player from seeing action in the event dubbed “Clash of Heroes,” a move which the pride of San Juan, Batangas says she will have to respect.
“It's a decision of the club din. They're trying to protect all the players under them which is super nice,” said Valdez on Saturday after the Cool Smashers escaped past Air Force, 25-21, 28-26, 23-25, 12-25, 15-12 in the Philippine Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
Creamline cited the tight schedule of PVL games as one of the reasons for not letting Valdez play in the benefit game organized by the PSC-POC Media Group.
National team coach Francis Vicente previously said he will reveal the final 18-woman line up for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after the one-day event.
Valdez’s absence in the event could cut her from the Philipipne roster and void her candidacy as team captain.
The former three-time UAAP MVP said she tried to appeal her case.
“Definitely (I tried to appeal), sino ba namang ayaw mag-represent ng country? Siguro, tight talaga 'yung schedule and 'yung katawan ko rin siguro,” she said.
“I think sila talaga 'yung may authority to decide kung sino 'yung makakapasok sa lineup. Kung mabibigyan din talaga ako ng chance, bakit hindi?” Valdez added.
“Pero when it comes to these things, you really have to follow 'yung decision ng home club mo. Kung may other chances, bakit hindi?” she continued.
The interview with Valdez however, had to be cut short by her manager Vania Edralin, who was standing right next to her ward, telling reporters, “You have any questions pa? Cause she has to rest na.”
Ending the interview, Valdez gave her side regarding the people’s comments on her commitment to the national team.
“Hindi mo rin naman maiiwasan ‘yun, it's other people's opinions,” she said. “But if you're gonna ask me kung 'yung commitment rin lang sa volleyball itself, I think I really wanna play no matter what happens.”