Alyssa Valdez beaten but unbowed after loss to mighty Thais: 'Laban lang nang laban'
Alyssa Valdez was limited to nine points against Thailand after scoring her best output in the tournament of 20 agaisnt Vietnam the day before. Jaime Campos

BINAN, Laguna — Philippine ace Alyssa Valdez shook off one of her lowest scoring games in the 19th AVC Asian Women’s Senior Championship at the hands of Thailand on Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.

Coming from a personal tournament-high 20 points against Vietnam on Monday, Valdez was held to nine points, scoring on just 8-of-26 attacks, against the 10-time Southeast Asian Games defending champions in their quarterfinal match.

The Thais, led by Ajcharaporn Kongyot, 22, and Chatchu-on Moksri, 17, walloped the Pinay spikers, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20. But Valdez was hardly distraught over the result and her performance.

“No, no, no, no (I’m not frustrated). Ako naman I'm just really giving my (all) every game,” said Valdez, who had her lowest output of seven points against Korea.

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The loss relegated the Philippines to a classification match for fifth to eighth place, but Valdez has no plans of giving up as they face Chinese Taipei on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

“Laban lang nang laban,” she said. “Alam mo marami tayong makukuha, push lang natin ‘yung sarili natin.

“Hindi mo alam bilog ang bola may nananalo, may natatalo pero doon tayo sa laging positive side na maganda ipakita natin at syempre we're hoping na manalo,” she added.

The team has less than a week before another tough battle in the Southeast Asian Games on August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 23-year old Pinay sensation drew some inspiration from their opponents.

“Iba ‘yung nadadalang learnings nila para samin so we're just really looking forward na ma-grasp namin lahat ng learnings at madala natin sa SEA Games,” she said.

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