Three-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez will play as import in the 2017 Thailand Volleyball League.
Thai club 3BB Nakornonnt has tapped the 23-year-old former Ateneo de Manila University standout, according to the statement posted at the official Facebook page of the club.
“3BB Nakornonnt is set to fight even harder in 2017’s Volleyball Thailand League as the team officially signs Philippine star Alyssa Valdez. Head coach Acting Sub. Lt. Thanakit Inleang believes in her attacking and defensive skills which will strengthen the team in Leg 2 of the league and the Thai-Denmark Super League,” the statement said.
Valdez will be joining outside hitter Kanjana Kuthaisong and setter Natthanicha Jaisaen in the team. Kuthaisong and Jaisaen played as Bureau of Customs imports in the Shakey’s V-League Reinforced Conference where the Transformers wound up second behind eventual champion Pocari Sweat.
Also in the 3BB squad are team captain Tichaya Boonlert, who was a member of the Philippine Superliga Selection that saw action in the prestigious 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City in October.
American open spiker Lindsay Stalzer, who steered Foton Tornadoes to back-to-back titles in the PSL Grand Prix women’s volleyball tournament, actually first played for 3BB before going to Manila.
Some products of 3BB are Thai national team members Hyapha Amporn, Malika Kanthong, Wanna Buakaew, Pornpun Guepard and Sasipaporn Janthawisut.
“She (Valdez) was also a captain of the U23 National Team, and participated in the 2015 SEA Games. It’s pretty safe to say most of the Thai volleyball fans know her,” added the 3BB statement.
3BB ruled the Thailand League in 2011-2012 then placed second in the 2012-2013 season. Last year, the team wound up second in the Thai-Denmark Super League.