Emotional Alyssa Valdez says Lady Eagles loss in V-League finals an eye-opener
Alyssa Valdez is comforted by teammates after the loss to NU. Dante Peralta

AN emotional Alyssa Valdez paid tribute to a 'super perfect game' of the National University Lady Bulldogs in an emphatic win over the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference finals.

Valdez couldn't help but cry after the fancied Lady Eagles, who won the opener of the best-of-three championship series, lost two successive games including the decider which the Lady Bulldogs took, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19.

“They really gave us a good fight," Valdez said when she finally collected her thoughts, praising an NU side led by MVP Myla Pablo and sisters Jaja and Dindin Santiago.

"They played super perfect volleyball in today’s game,” added Valdez.

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Although Ateneo was clearly ooverpowered in spikes (27-42) department, the Lady Eagles dominated at the net (9-4 blocks), had more service aces (9-4) and took care of the floor better with more digs (26-19) and sets (17-15).

But Valdez was oblivious to the numbers, saying the loss should serve as an eye-opener for the Lady Eagles.

“We’re really lacking a lot of things, blockings, service, defense pa offense pa a little bit of everything pa,” she said. “No excuses talaga kasi we’re really doing well for the past games din. I guess it’s anybody’s ball game.”

The 22-year-old from San Juan, Batangas, though, also saw the positives, saying the Lady Eagles have enough time to fix kinks in their game ahead of the UAAP season where they will be gunning for a hat-trick of titles.

“We’re really happy na we saw a lot of things to improve on as a team, as an individual, and to make ourselves even better as a team,” she said.

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