Alyssa Valdez gets Creamline go-signal to join PH volleyball team in Japan training camp
Alyssa Valdez will miss a few games for Creamline in the PVL Open Conference to join the Philippine women's volleyball team's training in Japan. Jerome Ascano

CREAMLINE will be giving clearance to Alyssa Valdez to participate in the national team's preparation for the Southeast Asian Games, including their scheduled training in Japan next month.

Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said Valdez's club team has given her the clearance to join in the training of the national team that will compete in the Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship and the Southeast Asian Games.

Palou said Valdez, the lone player from the PVL women's division to make it to the national team, will definitely miss a few games of the Cool Smashers in the Open Conference with the national team's Japan training to be held from July 17 to August 2.

Creamline will have matches on July 19, 22, and 30 in the league's Open Conference.

"I think Creamline has agreed to allow her to participate in the trainings of the national team so she will miss some of the games," said Palou in Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.

Palou said the PVL has ensured that the Open Conference will finish on August 16 at the latest or days before the SEA Games on August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur in support of the national squad.

Palou, however, said the PVL will not stop play during the duration of the Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship on August 9 to 17 which will be hosted by the Philippines.

"We are not going to go on a break. We will continue. Tuluy-tuloy 'yung tournament namin," said Palou.

Palou said the format of the PVL Open Conference was shortened to a single round-robin format to spare the members of the national team who are playing in the women's and men's division from a conflict in schedules.

"We are having a single round-robin eliminations. It's going to be shorter than the previous conference. We are hoping to finish our second conference before the start of the Southeast Asian Games," he said.

"We want to make sure that the players are free to participate in the national team and represent the country in the Southeast Asian Games," Palou added.

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