Alyssa Valdez learns by heart a six number combination. Find out what it is for
The 'Magnificent Six' of University of the Philippines impressed Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez so much that she even memorized their jersey numbers. Dante Peralta

13, 10, 11, 1, 3 18.

It’s the six number combination Alyssa Valdez learned by heart on Saturday. And it’s not intended for lottery game.

“Hindi nga ako marunong tumaya sa lotto,” the Ateneo star said with a big laugh.

The digits represent the jersey numbers of University of the Philippines’ young guns, who gave the Lady Eagles a big scare during their quarterfinal faceoff in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday.

“It was a hard battle, battle of Katipunan sabi nga nila, UP really gave us a good fight,” said Valdez.

No. 13 stands for rookie Justine Dorog, No. 10 is for another neophyte in Maria Lina Isabel Molde, No. 11 represents sophomore Marian Buitre, No. 3 is for rookie Maristela Layug, No. 1 is sophomore setter Jewel Lai, and No. 18 is freshman Diana Carlos.

Despite winning, 25-18, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15, the 22-year-old Valdez admitted it was a tough fight going up against the Lady Maroons, especially with all the six young players doing the damage.

“Everyone played as a team today (but) the rookies of UP (stood out),” she said.

“13, 10, 11, 1, 3, 18, ayan, memorize ko talaga,” added the charming Ateneo spiker after the tightly-fought contest.

Dorog had 14 points, Molde made 10, Buitre chipped in eight, Lai had a point and registered the team’s 27 excellent sets, while Layug contributed five, and Carlos poured in 12 markers.

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