by romeo braceros
One of the top profes-sional volleyball players in the Philippines is set to visit Davao City to participate in the national women’s volleyball team tryouts on February 25.
Alyssa Valdez will fly from Thailand to Davao to join the tryouts and become part of the Philippine Women’s Volleyball team.
The three-time UAAP MVP is seeing action for 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League.
National team coach Francis Vicente, who was tasked by Larong Volley-ball sa Pilipinas, Inc. to form the team that will compete in the Asian U-23 Championship, Asian Wo-men’s Seniors Champion-ship and Southeast Asian Games, confirmed that Valdez sent him a message expressing her intention to join the tryout.
“Siya ang kumontak sa akin. ‘Yun lang naman ang hinihintay ko eh,” he said.
The former Ateneo star missed the Manila leg of tryouts last January 28, 29 and 31 as her debut with 3BB Nakornnont fell exactly on the second day of the tryouts.
Although Valdez has already served the country and became the flag bearer during the last edition of the SEA Games, which was held in Singapore, Vicente still pointed out that she needs to show up in the tryouts.
The veteran mentor, who discovered Valdez in Batangas and recruited her to play for the University of Santo Tomas high school team, reiterated that there’s no special treatment even if he’s drawing flak for requiring Valdez to try out.