Dad Roel hoping for one final moment of magic from Alyssa Valdez in farewell game
It will be one emotional time for Alyssa Valdez come Saturday when she plays her final game in a championship-adorned UAAP career. Dante Peralta

WHATEVER happens in the final match of her UAAP career, Alyssa Valdez will always be the champion at least for one person.

On Saturday, when Ateneo and La Salle play the deciding game of the Season 78 women's volleyball best-of-three finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Valdez will be looking to put a fitting end to a decorated five-year career.

But win or lose, Tatay Roel said his one and only ‘Ineng’ is and will always will be No.1 in his heart.

“Oo naman, win or lose, siya pa rin ang champion sa amin,” the proud and happy father told “Wala naman nagbago sa amin, nandito pa rin kami naka suporta sa kanya kami ng nanay at mga kapatid niya."

Although Tatay Roel has never once doubted his unica hija, he admitted the 22-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas never fails to amaze him.

Wednesday was one of those days.

As he watched nervously from ringside, the  three-time MVP authored one of the greatest comebacks in league history in a 18-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-11 win that derailed La Salle's march to the championship.

“Nagagalit ako noong una kasi puro error siya noong first and second set. Kaya sabi ko, tapang lang,” said Tatay Roel. “Ayun gumawa naman siya, pinakita niya na kaya niya.”

Expect Tatay Roel to be at ringside come Saturday, expecting another moment of magic from his amazing daughter.

And most likely, he won't be disappointed.

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