• Valdez returns, backstops Home Ultera vs Army

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    Alyssa Valdez confirms she’ll finally suit up for PLDT Home Ultera, giving the Ultra Fast Hitters added boost when they open their much awaited duel with the powerhouse Army Lady Troopers for the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference crown tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan.

    “She told me she’ll play,” said PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb yesterday, referring to the Ateneo ace spiker and reigning Open and Collegiate Conference MVP in the V-League.

    Valdez missed the entire elimination round and semifinals due to her beach volley commitment with Ateneo. She had asked for an extended vacation to rest a nagging back injury.

    But the face of the sport is expected to be back in her top form as she spearheads the Ultrafast Hitters’ bid against the Lady Troopers in what promises to be a classic duel between the top two teams in the league where it all started.

    Game One is set at 3 p.m.

    Valdez’s presence is expected to further enhance Hole Ultera’s frontline threat following the arrival of the tall, power-hitting American imports in former US NCAA Division I standouts Victoria Hurtt and Sareea Freeman, who debuted for the team in the last elims playdate of the season-ending conference presented by PLDT Home Ultera and sponsored by Shakey’s.

    Gorayen, however, rested his reinforcements in the team’s lopsided 25-11, 25-17, 25-17 victory over University of the Philippines in the semifinals.

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