Alyssa Valdez eyes middle ground as she balances commitment to club and country
Alyssa Valdez is confident things can be worked out as she tries to help her team in the commercial league while servng the national squad. Jham Mariano

THE Premier Volleyball League enters the round of four as the Philippine women’s volleyball team moves into the final stage of preparations for two international tournaments, and Alyssa Valdez is determined to find a way to be able to serve both club and country.

The nationals returned to the Philippines after a 17-day training camp in Japan but coach Francis Vicente says the grind continues with two-a-days as the country hosts the AVC Asian Senior Women's Championship from August 9 to 17 before the national women’s team leaves for the Southeast Asian Games set August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur.

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The semifinals of the PVL Open Conference, meanwhile, opens on Saturday.

Valdez has already missed three matches in the eliminations and although Creamline has managed to keep its record unblemished without its top scorer, the Cool Smashers are still looking to get a boost on offense as they take on dangerous Balipure in the round of four.

Valdez actually headed straight to her club team's training from Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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"Well, pag-uusapan pa po syempre if I were to decide naman also po syempre gusto mo makabalik dito (PVL) and makatulong and syempre ang commitment para sa club team natin na nandito," said Valdez.

"I'm really hoping na makabalik ako and maka-contribute talaga sa team. Presence (ko) or makapaglaro talaga with them so we're really hoping," she said.

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Valdez is the only national women’s team member whose club has reached the PVL semifinals and is confident things can be worked out.

"We really have to talk para maging maganda ang kinalabasan ng lahat. Syempre we really have to talk para maganda ang kakalabasan syempre we're also thinking for the national team and the club team," she added.

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