Creamline ready to play without Alyssa Valdez but still hoping for PH team clearance
Alyssa Valdez is hoping to be allowed to skip national team training to play for mother club Creamline in the PVL Open Conference semifinals. Jerome Ascano 

CREAMLINE is willing to continue to play without top hitter Alyssa Valdez but team officials are hoping their top hitter will be excused from national team practice when the Cool Smashers see action in the PVL Open semifinals on Saturday.

The national women’s volleyball team returned to Manila on Wednesday from a 17-day training camp in Japan and Valdez went straight to Creamline practice as the club awaits word from the national federation on her availability.

Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) officials on Thursday discussed its goals for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship set next week but did not speak about the Valdez situation.

“As of now we are waiting for the decision of the national team, kasi if they say na ‘we are willing to allow Alyssa to play’ malaking bagay para sa amin ‘yun. Kung sabihin nila na hindi, pag-uusapan pa namin,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.

“Kasi we respect the decision of the national team and kami naman we are hoping na mapayagan si Alyssa,” said Almadro.

“Ngayon kung wala silang sabihin, the decision will be on coach Tai (Bundit) as the head coach and the mother team Rebisco, which is also the sponsor of the national team,” he added.

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The national women's volleyball starts twice-a-day training on Friday for the AVC meet set on August 9 to 17, while Creamline takes on Balipure in the PVL round of four on Saturday and Sunday.

“Ready naman kami, naghanda kami na nandyan si Alyssa and naghanda din kami na wala siya,” said Almadro. “In fact kahapon sa training nagpakita siya right after niya dumating from Japan.”  

Valdez missed three PVL elimination round games but Creamline managed to enter the semifinals unbeaten.

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