ALYSSA Valdez is paying it forward to aspiring volleybelles as she launched her own volleyball tournament that puts the spotlight on teenagers.
Dubbed as the Crosscourt Volleyball Tournament (CVT), the open competition will feature players aged 13 to 19 years old and aims to give them the necessary experience to propel their volleyball career forward.
University of the Philippines head coach Jerry Yee will serve as the commissioner of the contest that will start on July 30 and will last until August.
As a coach, Yee said tournaments such as the CVT will enhance the volleyball skills of the teens.
“We teach the kids the fundamentals. Basic naman 'yun from theory to practical. What was taught to you, you have to practice and what better way to practice than in competition,“ Yee said during the league's launch on Friday at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
Valdez agreed, saying this tournament provides young players much-needed experience and exposure.
“Nag-start din ako as high schooler. Syempre sobrang konti ng tournaments namin. I think 'yung pinaka-importante as a player, 'yung experience para mag-grow ka as a player and as an individual,” she said.
“Napag-decide talaga namin to put up a tournament to also help magkaroon ng experience 'yung mga kids,” Valdez added.
As of posting time, there are eight teams already registered for the tournament and they are still open to interested squads. But they are more than ready to roll with just the eight registered groups nonetheless.
“We are welcoming teams na gusto sumali, so far eight pa lang yung nandyan, even if eight lang yan we’re good to go,” said Valdez.