The Philippine Women's National Volleyball Team will once again have the formidable Alyssa Valdez as part of its roster.
This time, however, the 29-year-old spiker from San Juan, Batangas will serve as captain, a position she last held during the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Valdez expressed her surprise and happiness at being named captain, stating, "It's an overwhelming task, I would say, but it's really positive that all the preparation and recovery would give me confidence as well."
The three-time PVL Most Valuable Player has just recovered from a knee injury and is determined to be in top form for the upcoming SEA Games.
Valdez will be joined by six of her Creamline teammates, Jia De Guzman, Kyla Atienza, Ced Domingo, Jema Galanza, Tots Carlos, and Michele Gumabao.
Despite having only one full month to train under coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito, Valdez is confident that their familiarity with each other will work to their advantage.
She said, "It's always kind of a different feeling when representing the country. There's so much pride and joy whenever you're called to represent the flag. It's extra-extra special because I'll be with most of my teammates from Creamline whom I haven't played with in the past few months."
The Philippine Women's National Volleyball Team aims to bounce back from last year's fourth-place finish in the SEA Games. With Valdez at the helm, the team is poised to do just that.