August 01, 2022

Alyssa Valdez can't wait to welcome foreign teams to PVL

Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez believes that the presence of foreign teams in the upcoming 2022 Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference will greatly benefit the Cool Smashers moving forward, Saturday.

"I feel like mas marami kaming matututunan talaga. Mas magiging strong pa yung team namin sa mga next na upcoming games," said Valdez after leading Creamline to a straight-set win over Army-Black mamba.

Valdez also expressed her excitement in the Rebisco-backed squad's upcoming matchups against Kobe Shinwa Women's University (Japan) and KingWhale Taipei in the semifinals of the Invitationals.

According to the reigning Open Conference Finals MVP, this would be Creamline's first time facing foreign squads.

"Very excited. Siguro as a team din this is the first time na makakapag-laro kami against international na teams eh so we're very excited as a team and ayun," said Valdez.

"Very excited lang, very excited lang we're really looking forward na mas marami kaming matutunan at na makalaban sila kasi we need experience kasi e," she added.

The multiple-time PVL MVP led the Cool Smashers' dominant 25-20, 25-22, 25-16 win over the Lady Troopers. She finished with a total of 15 points on 12 attacks, two aces, and a block on top of 11 excellent sets.

Despite what seemed to be a fine performance from Valdez and Creamline, she said that the team is still working on their cohesiveness as a group as well as lessening their unforced errors.

"I think as a team we really have to improve on a lot of things pa," said the former import, who played for Thailand's 3BB Nakornnont and Taiwan's Attack Line.

"More on cohesiveness and to lessen our errors pa so yun yung mga kailangan naming i-adjust pa coming into the semifinals lalong lalo na syempre mas tight yung games and we have two foreign teams na makakalaban pa."