ALYSSA VALDEZ IN TALKS WITH PARTICIPATING CLUBS AS SPIKERS’ TURF TRANSITIONS TO PRO, LOOKS FORWARD TO NEW SEASON
Alyssa Valdez is focused on leading Creamline Cool Smashers to a third straight Open Conference title once the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) debut as a professional league, and at the same time serves as a league official for Spikers’ Turf in its new season hopefully next year.
Valdez was named Spikers’ Turf’s President when the league was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2018, the Ateneo product is now working for the return of Spikers’ Turf with a new season to help get the men’s game back in action.
To date, only professional leagues are allowed to operate under quarantine.
Spikers’ Turf is looking forward to turning professional but Valdez and fellow league officials are still in talks with the team owners.
The management did not yet disclose which teams or how many clubs are being lined up for the next tournament.
“We’re really looking forward to more tournaments. Sana mas madaming teams din ang makasali sa men’s tournament,” said Valdez.
The 27-year-old spiker said at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday that she is anticipating getting Spikers’ Turf back in operation to keep the momentum going for Philippine men’s volleyball after its breakthrough silver medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
“Magkakaroon ng possibilities na yung mga men’s players na meron din silang pwedeng puntahan after nila maglaro sa mga bawat teams nila sa college. Looking forward also to making the tournament as a pro league. We’re praying and hoping for that,” she added.
Meanwhile, Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said that they are looking to hold the Spikers’ Turf in a bubble concept but it won’t return side by side with the PVL in February.
“I think Alyssa has been pushing us to start also the Spikers’ Turf but were still studying the matter how to schedule this,” Palou said.
“We’d like to have a bubble but we’re still trying to look on what kind of schedule we could come up with.”
The volleyball star admitted that she is still learning from Palou and other Sports Vision officials.
“Sir Ricky, Tita Eleanor, Tita Rhea (Navarro), Tita Mozzy (Ravena), and Sir Tony (Liao) are very supportive of my volleyball career ngayon. They want me to focus on my volleyball career with Creamline.”
“That’s why they are also helping me with Spikers’ Turf. Actually, they’re the ones naman na talagang naggaguide sakin. So, as of the moment, I am just listening to them and learning all the things I have to learn,” Valdez added.
In the abovementioned forum, Alyssa said that she is looking for a bright future where she can help the growth of the sport in the Philippines and of course in men’s volleyball.
“We’re really happy na kumbaga hind lang kami babalik as volleyball players, babalik pa kami as pro na,” Valdez said. “May added na inspiration pa kami para maglaro kami ng mas maganda and mas mataas na level ng volleyball kasi nga we’re named as pros already.”