While nothing is final and official yet, Alyssa Valdez expressed excitement on the possibility of her being the first Filipino spiker to play professionally overseas in recent memory.
The 3-time UAAP MVP and Shakey’s V-League superstar clarified that she hasn’t signed on the dotted line just yet, but is preparing herself for a possible stint with 3BB Nakornnont in Thailand.
“Mineet ko lang yung coaches nila. Ayun pa lang naman,” she told FOX Sports on Christmas day. “Hindi pa naman ako naki-training sa kanila kasi parang may Thailand league sila, part 1. Sa next conference nila, baka dun ako maglaro.”
After a short vacation in Japan with her family, Valdez was in Thailand last week to train with Ateneo and meet with her Bureau of Customs teammate Nattanicha Jaisaen.
“Honestly, sobrang happy lang ako kasi kahit anong mangyari, may opportunity ako na makapag-focus sa volleyball muna,” she related. “Parang ngayon lang ulit ako makakapag-volleyball na yun lang focus ko.”
On Christmas eve, the 3BB Nakornnont Facebook page announced they will be enlisting Valdez’s services.
The Batangas native, however, clarified that she hasn’t talked to the club since their last meeting.
“Yun na yung last namin na usapan. Bumalik daw ako ng January. Hindi ko rin kasi ma-confirm unless naglalaro na ko. Kasi parang they don’t work ata with contracts e. Pero pinabalik ako next year, yun palang yung confirmed,” she said.
“Babalik ako pero syempre hindi ko naman alam yung usapan pero babalik ako next year, mga January 15 para sa team. Yung tournament magsastart ng January 29. Sinabi lang sakin ngayon na bumalik ako pero wala pang sinasabi kung naka line-up o hindi. Basta sinabi bumalik pa lang ako,” she added.
Valdez was able to train with Jaisaen’s team in Thailand and was able to have a tune-up game with the Lady Eagles, who will be facing Season 79 without her.
She also noted that she wasn’t able to train with 3BB Nakornnont while she was in Thailand as the team still has an ongoing tournament.
“Hindi ako nagtraining with them. Hindi namin naka tune-up kasi season nila. Pero nakalaban ko yung Ateneo kasama ko yung team ni Nic hindi sa 3BB.”
As for Valdez, being given the opportunity to train and hopefully play overseas is already a blessing for her. With a few weeks left before she goes back to Thailand, she makes sure that she is armed and ready for 3BB.
“Hindi naman sa hindi sure pero unless naman andun na ko tapos nagalalro na ko, yun naman yung pinaka sure na e.”
“Ngayon, sariling training lang muna. Pa-kundisyon lang,” she closed. — By Joyce Palad