Creamline team captain Alyssa Valdez earned the inaugural Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference Player of the Week for games played from July 8 to 15.
The four-time PVL Most Valuable Player started the week with a bang, blitzing Philippine Air Force with 23 points and leading Creamline to a decisive four-set win.
Facing the Myla Pablo-powered defending champion Pocari Sweat, the former Ateneo de Manila University standout exploded for 30 points and 16 digs and pushed the Cool Smashers to the top of the standings with an immaculate 4-0 record.
Valdez has been on fire for the entire conference. She again leads the league scoring with 108 total points and also tops the serving category with nine total aces. The Batangas-native also showed tremendous improvement in the defensive category, ranking sixth in digging with 3.56 digs per set.
The three-time UAAP MVP credits her solid performance to the addition of new teammates in setter and former Ateneo teammate Jia Morado, veteran Rose Vargas and Army standout Ging Balse. She says that the additional help has allowed her to focus more on her individual game.
“It’s been great having Jia back on my side. She’s always been a great setter and she really makes it easier for her spikers like me to score. I’m happy to have Rose and Ging on the team since I’ve always looked up to them and they provide a lot on inspiration for the team to keep working harder especially in practice,” Valdez expressed.
While her week was productive, Valdez was left with bittersweet feelings as she leaves the team for the final stretch of the elimination round to train with the National Team in Japan from July 17 to August 2.