ALYSSA Valdez fought back tears during the postmatch interview after her Jordan-esque performance helped Ateneo live to fight another day with an epic comeback against La Salle.
In one of the most important matches of his collegiate career, Valdez once again justified why she's the most celebrated player in Philippine volleyball by scoring 34 huge points in leading the Lady Eagles to an 18-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-11 win over De La Salle in Game Two.
Curiously, it was Ateneo courtside reporter Laura Lehmann who shed tears while interviewing the three-time league MVP following the Game Two win. Later, it was Valdez who turned emotional when she faced the media for the traditional post-match presser.
"Super bait lang ni Lord na binigyan kami ng chance na makapanalo pa uli," said Valdez. "Hindi pa tapos, so let’s see each other on Saturday."
Things looked bleak for the two-time champions for a moment when they fell behind, two sets to none, after inexplicably allowing the Lady Spikers to overcome four set points in the second frame on the way to a 28-26 comeback.
That was when Valdez carried the Lady Eagles on her shoulders.
Still, she warned the job is far from done.
"We are just so happy na nanalo kami. After winning this, there is a big responsibility after. Pagbalik ng Saturday, kailangan muna naming kalimutan ‘yung victory and remember the things we did right," said Valdez.
But whether she likes it or not, Game Three should be a very emotional moment for Valdez as she completes her fifth finals against La Salle in the final game of her impressive career.
Valdez need not be reminded of the magnitude of the game.
"Game Three. Last game. Finals. Mind over matter na ‘to," said the Queen Eagle. "Kahit masakit. Kahit anong meron, lalaban ka lang."