Risa Sato returns, Alyssa Valdez still out for Creamline-PH in ASEAN Grand Prix
MANILA, Philippines—Alyssa Valdez will remain sidelined for the Philippine women’s volleyball team in its upcoming campaign in the ASEAN Grand Prix from September 9 to 11 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Valdez missed Creamline-Philippines’ stint in the AVC Cup for Women due to dengue.
“Alyssa still needs to rest,” Tonyboy Liao, Philippine National Volleyball Federation national teams commission head, told INQUIRER.net on Wednesday.
Valdez, though, will join the Phillippine team’s trip to Thailand.
The 29-year-old Valdez on Wednesday said in an Instagram post that she is “on the road to a full recovery.”
While Valdez’ status put a damper on Creamline’s bid, the Cool Smashers got a shot in the arm with the return of middle blocker Risa Sato.
Sato was also unavailable during the Philippines’ sixth-place finish in the AVC Cup.
The former National University standout will take Lorie Bernardo’s spot on the team.
Tots Carlos, Jema Galanza and setter Jia De Guzman, who carried much of the load of Creamline’s fight in the AVC Cup, are expected to lead the national team anew.