Team captain Alyssa Valdez is confident that Creamline can deliver in the 2023 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference despite her absence.
Valdez has yet to participate in the Cool Smashers’ practices since she injured her right knee during the team’s bronze medal clash against Chery Tiggo in the 2022 Reinforced Conference.
“I think the expectations will always be higher,” said Valdez, noting Creamline’s impressive showing in the AVC Cup and the ASEAN Grand Prix which she both sat out due to dengue.
“With this kind of pressure, I believe naman, ever since last year when I had dengue everyone stepped up so I’m not really scared and I’m very much confident in this team na talagang magbibigay sila ng magandang laban this conference,” she added.
The three-time PVL Most Valuable Player revealed that her timetable for the All-Filipino Conference is still uncertain as she is still recovering from her injury.
Valdez, though, is thankful that her injury did not require major surgery.
“Honestly, sabi naman ng mga doctors and PT na I’ve been really recovering well so syempre the timeline, the timetable is di rin siya sure. They want me to get back 100 percent na hindi rin nagmamadali,” said the Ateneo legend.
“So hopefully talaga, I’m really praying na I’ll see you guys on court this All-Filipino.”
Creamline will go up against Petro Gazz on February 4, Saturday at 4:00 PM at the SMART Araneta Coliseum to open its title-retention bid.