PVL: Alyssa Valdez relishes homecoming game in Batangas
MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez relished in her homecoming game in Batangas despite only playing in the second set as Creamline remained unbeaten in two games in the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference.
“It humbles me every time I go back here. I can remember where I started. It’s nice to bring back all those memories to start off the season,” said Valdez after Creamline swept Cignal, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16, on Saturday in front of 4,000 fans at Batangas City Sports Center.
“I’m very very happy that we were able to go back here in Batangas after the pandemic. It’s just so nice to seal it with a win because it’s different when you win in your hometown,” she added.
The three-time PVL Most Valuable Player said she was extra motivated to play in front of her family and fellow Batangueños.
“It’s been a while since they watched the games because they have work. I’m just very glad that I was given a chance by our coaches to play in today’s game,” said Valdez in Filipino. “ My family always supports me and they support the team especially so very, very happy and extra power and energy (for me) to see them.”
Valdez played limited action anew and scored three points, including back-to-back hits to end the second set. the only frame she played.
The veteran outside spiker felt like she never left Batangas with the warm welcome they received from the province. She also received a Plaque of Recognition.
Valdez said she looks forward to playing more out-of-town games.
“We hope to play in other provinces, too. It’s just so nice to see that the fans are proud and happy for their homegrown players,” she said.
Creamline eyes its third straight win against the winless Gerflor Defenders (0-2) on Thursday at Ynares Center Antipolo.