Alyssa Valdez finally gets to strut her wares before adoring fans and against a University of the Philippines side out to fuel its own semifinal drive as action in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference heats up today at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Water Defenders have racked up two victories against a loss with Valdez trying to whip herself into competitive form following a European jaunt but with the league’s former Most Valuable Player back in harness, the team is upbeat of its chances to pick up another win and join Air Force at second at 3-1.
Pocari Sweat, a new team backstopped by a slew of talented veteran campaigners and rising stars, booked the first semis berth with a straight-set romp over Team Baguio last Saturday for a 4-0 card.
Air Force failed to match that mark when it fell to a resurgent Team Laoag side, also in three, giving BaliPure a crack at second halfway through the single round eliminations.
With Valdez back and Grethcel Soltones in superb form, the Water Defenders could well be on their way to a cruise against the Lady Maroons, who snapped a two-game skid with a four-set victory over Baguio last week.
The game is at 6:30 p.m. after the 4 p.m. clash between Iriga and NU.
The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, hope to check their skid and resume their hunt for a spot in the next round but coach Roger Gorayeb needs to draw solid games from Jaja Santiago, Jorelle Singh, Risa Sato, Joy Doromal and Jasmin Nabor to stop Iriga.
Like NU, Iriga totes a 1-2 card in a tie with UP but the Lady Oragons, led by Grazielle Bombita and Shola Alvarez, are raring to rebound from their four-set setback to the Water Defenders last week.