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Valdez adds another MVP award to growing collection



If it wasn’t clear before, Alyssa Valdez’s fifth MVP Award should solidify her claim as the country’s best volleyball player.

Before being awarded the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference MVP earlier today, the Batangueña had already won three MVP awards in the UAAP with Ateneo (Two regular season, one finals) and the MVP plum in the recently concluded SVL Open Conference as part of PLDT’s powerhouse lineup. Add to that her leadership role in the National Team, Alyssa Valdez is the youngest sports superstar in the country.

Valdez, however, admits that winning championships mean more to her. “Siyempre championships are more important to me. Considering that volleyball is a team sport, mas nakaka-validate ‘yung mga championship kasi you win it with a team. It always boils down to what the team does,” she said. “Saka mas maaalala ka sa mga championships na napanalunan mo kesa sa mga individual awards. Hindi na masyadong naaalala ‘yun after a few years [individual awards]. I’m really thankful and blessed sa lahat ng mga nangyayari.”

Aside from the MVP, Valdez also garnered a spot on the all-tournament team as the first best outside hitter. “For the team, the ultimate goal is to win a championship. Siguro the individual awards are just extra motivations for us to keep working hard,” Valdez expressed.

Aside from Valdez, Bea De Leon and Gizelle Tan earned their spots on the all-tournament team as the second best middle blocker and best setter respectively.


Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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