Last June 11 and 12, the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball (PWVT) team had the opportunity to go up against volleyball giants Thailand and Japan in a friendly match in preparation for the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) that will be held in the country over the coming weeks. Ex-Pinoy Big Brother housemate and current national member mainstay Alyssa Valdez was among the national players who had the chance to go up against the best players.
The Philippines failed to take any sets from both countries as they were heavily guarded on defense and the attacks of the two countries outnumbered the attempts done by the PWVT. Alyssa, on her Instagram, took the opportunity to give praise and thanks to their opponents who had given her some pointers for improvement after their matches.
“What a weekend. had an amazing opportunity to play against these top caliber players and become friends with them,” she said.
The 28-year-old athlete also had the chance to meet again one of her ex-teammates, Kokram Pipimchaya, when she was still playing as an import in Thailand. Likewise, she also met one of the best volleyball players in the world, Sarina Koga of Japan.
Although the Philippines isn’t part of the VNL lineup, the country will be hosting the matches for the second week of the competition. Alyssa and other fans will be watching these countries duel it out in the Araneta Coliseum from June 14 until June 26.
“Will watch, cheer and learn from them at the VNL,” the athlete said.
Alyssa and the rest of the PWVT competed in the recent Southeast Asian Games wherein they missed the opportunity to have a podium finish after losing their match for bronze against Indonesia.
Speculations have been made that the recent SEA Games was the last international competition that Alyssa will be joining as a National member. However, there has been no confirmation from Alyssa or her management regarding the issue.