ALYSSA Valdez is definitely the face of Philippine volleyball today.
Named by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) as Ms. Volleyball for the second straight year, the Ateneo star offered the award to the entire local volleyball community.
At the same time, she admitted feeling pressure to live up to the title bestowed on her during the PSA Annual Awards Night Monday at the 1Esplanade in Pasay City.
“There’s pressure, there’s responsibility,” said the charming spiker, who showed up in an elegant body-hugging black dress with yellow and orange stripes matched with her big curls and bright smile during the gala night.
“Pero there are people na sumusuporta sa akin so this award is not only for me, but it’s for the whole volleyball community talaga.
“The effort, everyone talaga, imagine before hindi naman talaga nabibigyan ng light ‘yung volleyball so I’m really happy,” she added.
The pride of San Juan Batangas said she wouldn’t reach her present status now without the help of those people behind her.
“This means marami talagang tumulong sa akin. Bago ko marating talaga ‘tong success na award na ito. Hindi lang naman ako ang nag-put up ng effort para makuha itong award na ito.”
“My coaches, my teammates, my managers sina Sir Ricky (Palou, Ateneo athletic director) everyone talaga. ‘Yun talaga ang naiisip ko everytime nagkakaroon ako ng award. And siyempre my family, na-inspire ako sa family ko kaya andito rin ako,” she continued.
Valdez was also given a special recognition during the ceremony as she was named as the Princess of the Night together with the Prince of the Night, Winter Olympics figure skater Michael Martinez.
Last year, Valdez led the Ateneo Lady Eagles to a Cinderella finish in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after the school won three do-or-die matches in the step ladder semifinals before overcoming the thrice-to-beat advantage of four-peat seeking La Salle in the title series.