ALYSSA Valdez may have spent a significant amount of time improving her skills overseas, playing in the Chinese Taipei Volleyball League after a stint in Thailand in 2017.
But she promises to make good on her New Year’s resolution for 2018 – that is to stay put in the country a little longer.
“Siguro I want to spend more time with my family and myself,” Valdez said when asked about some changes she plans to make come next year.
But aside from staying closer to family and friends, Valdez has also vowed to focus on her stint with Creamline, more so after her local club team supported her throughout her stints with the national team as well as in the Thai and Taiwanese leagues last yeat.
“Next year, I’m planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga,” Valdez said.
“They supported me throughout, especially doon sa national team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she added.
The former Ateneo star will be coming back home with tons of international experience, despite playing sparingly in the highly competitive Thai league.
In Thailand, the 24-year-old spiker got exposed to playing with and against some of the best volleyball players in Asia despite seeing limited action with 3BB Nakornonnt. In Taiwan,Valdez enjoyed more playing time and showcased her improvement with Attack Line.
“In Thailand, I honestly didn’t get to play a lot. This time nabigyan talaga ako ng chance to play. It’s a different set-up,” Valdez continued.
“Sa Thailand, iba yung level of play and super dami talagang magaling na players and teams. But there are a lot of talented players in Taiwan na can play internationally.”
She volleyball in Taiwan in the Philippines is still developing.
“Right now, they have been telling me na similar ang situation ng Taiwan and Philippines in that they are also trying to show people na they have something with volleyball,” said Valdez. “I hope na volleyball can also be big there like it is here.”
While she’s hoping for a longer stay on home soil next year, Valdez clarified that she is not closing her doors to international stints in 2018.
“Still, I’m open to any opportunity that might come my way.”