MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Valdez has brought her net-attack skills to three consecutive Southeast Asian Games.
In her fourth attempt, the strong slot player could tour the Philippine women’s volleyball team and win the coveted gold medal.
“Everyone’s goal is definitely won and we’re working hard to achieve it,” Valdez said during Monday’s farewell party for the women’s national team hosted by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation.
The team will leave for Brazil on Tuesday evening and hold a two-week training camp at Barueri, famous for its volleyball excellence.
Joining Valdez at the camp are fellow open-air spikes Jema Galanza and Cis Molina, quarterback Rhea Menezes, Magui Baron, Del Palomata, Abi Marano, Gaza Santiago and, in contrast, Cat Talentino and Mylin Butt. Although Santiago is currently in Japan, he will join the team in Brazil.
“Other teams have been training in recent months. We are given limited time, but we are going to work hard at this training camp, “said Valdes, who recently won the Crimline Cool Smashers in the Volleyball Premier League.
Setters Kyle Negrito, Dena Wong, Iris Tolenada, Libros Don Macandili and Cath Arado have also been included in the squad for the SEA Games in Vietnam on May 12-23.
“This is my first training abroad. We are excited and excited to bring together the things we will learn from the training, ”Valdes said.
PNVF executive board member and national team president Tony Boyle Liao and Brazilian coach Jorge Edson will be joined by coaches Odji Maman and Grace Antigua as well as coaches Rafi Mosuela and Jorge Pasqua and physical therapist Grace Gomez.
PNVF general secretary Don Karengal and Moran’s team manager instructed the camp where the team is ready to play five to six supplementary matches against some of Brazil’s toughest clubs in the Super Liga A.
“It’s going to be a very crowded and different training camp,” De Brito said. “We will start practicing the day after our arrival.”
The women’s volleyball team has yet to win a gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games since 1993 when the men’s team came close to winning a silver at the country’s 2019 Southeast Asian Games.