Alyssa Valdez confidence, composure rubbing off on Bali Pure teammates, says Soriano
Alyssa Valdez's composure down the stretch was a huge confidence boost for Bali Pure, says playing coach Charo Soriano. Jaime Campos

BALI Pure playing coach Charo Soriano believes Alyssa Valdez’s mere presence, more than her scoring, was the key to a tough win over the University of the Philippines in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference.

Valdez scored 26 points, anchored on 23 kills, and registered 18 of the team’s 40 excellent receptions in her V-League debut. But Soriano said seeing the former Ateneo ace keep calm under pressure gave a big confidence boost to the rest of the Bali Pure squad.

The former UAAP MVP also delivered the game winner, hitting the crosscourt spike that secured the Purest Water Defenders' 20-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-17, 15-12 win on Monday at The Arena in San Juan after the plucky Lady Maroons had saved five match points.

“Alyssa brings so much confidence not only for herself, na you can see na she really plays with confidence, but that helps a lot being teammates with her kasi she brings you up also,” said Soriano.

“‘Yung confidence po ni Alyssa nakakahawa talaga inside the court and that’s a good feeling knowing for a fact na you got each other’s backs,” she added.

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But the pride of San Juan, Batangas, who turns 23 on June 19, was quick to deflect the credit.

“Tinulungan rin kasi ako ng teammates ko to get the points also,” she said. “But if it’s dikitan talaga, it’s hard ‘yung condition mo rin talaga nawala for a month. Medyo nahirapan talaga to get it, sobrang ‘yung teammates ko talaga they adjusted kung ano ang kulang.”

Bali Pure improved to 3-1 for a share of the second spot with Air Force, the lone team so far that has defeated the star-studded squad.

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