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    Playing a lot easier than watching for former UAAP rivals Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes

    Apr 10, 2017
    Former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez watches the action from ringside on Saturday. Jerome Ascano

    FORMER rivals Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes turned into cheerleaders on Saturday when Ateneo and La Salle clashed for the No. 1 seed at the close of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball eliminations.

    It wasn't easy for both.

    “I didn’t really look sa game kasi iba pag nasa labas ka, you’d rather really play,” Valdez, a three-time MVP who led the Lady Eagles to two championships, said. “‘Di talaga ako tumitingin, nanlalamig ako. Mas kinakabahan ako sa labas.”

    It was no different for Reyes, who crowned her college career last season by leading the Lady Spikers to the championship at the expense of Valdez and the Lady Eagles.

    “Super, iba ‘yung feeling na naglalaro ka (than) andun ka sa labas. Totoo pala ‘yun, sabi kasi ng mga seniors ko dati na nami-miss nila (maglaro),” said Reyes. “Sinasabi ko din ngayon na gusto mo ikaw ‘yung naglalaro.”

    [See Ateneo star Jia Morado proud to see rookie Jules Samonte step up at crunch time]

    Reyes, however, has come to accept that her college career is over and that it’s now time for the current Lady Spikers to take the spotlight.

    “Iba kasi ‘yung crowd ng Ateneo-La Salle games eh, alam niyo yan, sa lahat ng games, hindi naman sa may special treatment, pero alam mo na the rivalry is burning, iba talaga ‘yung init and intensity inside the court,” she said.

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    “Pero syempre, tapos na ‘yung time mo sa UAAP, ngayon PSL (Philippine Super Liga) ako, ibang environment din and syempre time for the other players to step up,” Reyes added.

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    Former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez watches the action from ringside on Saturday. Jerome Ascano
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