Alyssa Valdez gets PH team clearance to suit up for Creamline in PVL semis
Creamline will be in full force in the PVL semis as ace Alyssa Valdez got the green light from the LVPI. Jerome Ascano

ALYSSA Valdez got the green light from Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. to join her team Creamline in action in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference on Saturday and Sunday.

LVPI acting president Peter Cayco said on Friday that the federation has allowed Valdez to play for Creamline after Rebisco, Creamline's mother team and sponsor of the national squad that will compete in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games, sent a letter of request.

“At this point, we believe we have left no room for doubt on our commitment to and support for the national team," said Cayco.

Creamline, in fact, has agreed to play three of its games in the PVL without Valdez, who was in Japan with the national team for the 17-day training camp, and its mother company Rebisco backed the Philippine Super Liga Manila squad in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Kazakhstan.

In the letter, Rebisco management said that they told Valdez to attend the national team practices and play for Creamline’s matches on August 5, 6 and 12 (if necessary).

“We do not think that three game days are too much to ask from the LVPI for the services of our player, especially since she will continue to practice with the NT and participate in the AVC, which will start on August 9,” said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Valdez will still have to stay at Orchid Hotel on August 4 to 6 and Crimson Hotel for the duration of the Asian Seniors.

Cayco said that she will have to talk to head coach Francis Vicente and discuss all the details.

“She still has to train and join the team in its hotel. Si coach Francis na bahala sa schedule nya. They have to sit down and discuss it," said the LVPI official.

The nationals will kick off their campaign against Hongkong on August 9 at the Alonte Sports Center in Binan City.

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