It might have been an ordinary tussle for both squads, but it was a special one for Ateneo superstar Alyssa Valdez.
Playing her last game against Adamson, the 2-time UAAP MVP couldn’t believe she survived years of playing against the Lady Falcons — a squad known for its floor defense and one Valdez considers one of the league’s most dangerous.
“They are really giving us a hard time, their defense is super solid,” she recalled after leading the Lady Eagles past the San Marcelino side, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Although Adamson has been eliminated, Valdez still lauded the Lady Falcons for battling through adversity in a campaign marred by the sudden resignation of coach Sherwin Meneses.
“From Coach Dulce, Coach Sherwin, and coach nila ngayon, iba rin talaga yung pinagdaanan ng Adamson so congratulations to them as well,” said Valdez, who had a game-high 16 points. “They gave us good fights every game.”
And as she and some Adamson seniors bid the UAAP goodbye in a month, the graduating Valdez looks forward to teaming up with some Lady Falcons in the next chapter of their volleyball careers.
“Sana lahat naman makakapaglaban outside UAAP, and I hope maging teammates ko yung iba sa kanila,” said the amiable senior spiker. “We are looking forward for the brighter career everyone sa Adamson.”
Before exiting the collegiate ranks, though, Valdez will try to lead the Lady Eagles to a third straight championship.
With the way Ateneo has been performing the past few games, however, she isn’t satisfied just yet.
“For the team, we really had a not ‘super okay’ game,” she said. “We had a lot of errors, we had miscommunications, and so much more na we have improve sa mga practice siguro para maging consistent.”
“It’s gonna be a long journey, di pa naman natatapos after these 2 games, so malayo pa talaga,” she added. “We have to stay focus and eyes on the goal and sa priorities pa rin.” — By Jason Mercene