Given choice, Thai coach would pick Kim Fajardo over Alyssa Valdez. He explains why
For Thai coach Chamnan Dokmai, Kim Fajardo stands out over Alyssa Valdez. Dante Peralta

THAI coach Chamnan Dokmai of Est Cola did not hesitate to pick La Salle setter Kim Fajardo over the hard-hitting Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez when asked who impressed him the most among local volleybelles he's observed in their team's ongoing stint in the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference.

In fact, if given the chance to bring only one player from the Philippines to Thailand to train, the seasoned coach who has been training the Thailand Under-19 team immediately named the fourth year Lady Spiker.

“I think the setter in La Salle, in my opinion. Yes, yes (she is good and smart),” said Dokmai.

“About the spiker, I think many good spikers in Thailand,” he added.

Dokmai had a first-hand encounter with Fajardo when his team had a tune up game against the Lady Spikers on Wednesday morning at La Salle gym.

Est Cola, composed of the Thai youth selection, lost to La Salle in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 21-25, 11-15.

Fajardo managed to impress Dokmai, who believes the Lady Spiker star still has a lot to offer.

“But if the setter can play in Thailand, train in Thailand, [learn] how to play in high level (volleyball) if she play with good players, then she can improve,” he said.

Dokmai, who’s a good friend of Ateneo Thai coach Tai Bundit, however, did not discount Valdez, the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player.

In fact, he said the 22-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas is good but there are a lot of ‘Alyssa Valdezes’ in Thailand already.

“She is okay, I've seen her many times, she spikes very hard,” said Dokmai. “But (she is) short and you see she’s okay but the level (is not that high).”

“In Thailand there are many good spikers,” he added.

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