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Valdez on beating UST and her Thomasian pride

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The University of Santo Tomas Tigresses were undefeated in the 2016 Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference up until they faced Alyssa Valdez and the Bureau of Customs Transformers.

The Transformers hummed through most of the match, and fortunately responded when the young UAAP contenders gave them a fright in the second set.

A product of UST’s vaunted high school program, Valdez looked back at her Thomasian roots.

“I’m not just thankful for the skills that my former coaches taught but, more importantly, I’m thankful for the values that my former school instilled in me,” Valdez said proudly.

“Hanggang ngayon dinadala ko pa ‘rin ‘yun (values) wherever I play. Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam ng combination ng pagiging Atenean and Thomasian. I’m very lucky talaga.”

Talking about the current UST squad, a team she last faced back in the 78th season of the UAAP, Valdez sees potential in the Tigresses.Tiebreaker Times Valdez on beating UST and her Thomasian pride News PVL UST Volleyball  UST Women's Volleyball Bureau of Customs Transformers Alyssa Valdez 2016 SVL Season 2016 SVL Reinforced Conference

“More than the skills, they’re gaining so much experience from playing with the veterans and the foreigners in this tournament. I know when I played here before when I was still in Ateneo, I learned a lot talaga,” Valdez expressed.

“You can see their teamwork talaga. They don’t work individually, they rely on each other talaga on the court.”

Asked if she still somehow roots for UST, the Batangas native laughed and she said she still keeps tabs on the Women’s and Girls’ teams.

“If you’re from UST or any other school, you always still feel proud whenever you watch and look back.”

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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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