Alyssa Valdez continues to work her way back into shape as the Cool Smashers prepare for the 2023 PVL season.
Creamline fans might see their idol play in the upcoming conference. It's not a sure bet, but it's not out of the question.
In an interview with One Sports, Creamline Cool Smashers head coach Sherwin Meneses expressed hope in the possibility of Valdez rejoining the active list in the All-Filipino tilt. Meneses, however, did not provide a timeline.
“Hopefully makalaro siya, but as of now nasa rehab pa naman siya. I think makakalaro naman siya this conference, inuunti-unti lang talaga 'yung pag-recover niya,” said Meneses.
Valdez sustained a right knee injury during the Cool Smashers’ bronze medal match against the Chery Tigo Crossovers in December. The Ateneo alum, fortunately, did not need surgery.
But contrary to the hope displayed by Meneses, the GOAT is tempering expectations. She says she's happy just to make progress.
“Ako, I’m taking one day at a time, really trusting the process at this moment, and sa lahat naman ng mga injuries talagang pagtutulungan ng mga doctors, PTs,” said Valdez. “So, I have to also consult on those things, so hindi ko rin masasabi kung ilang percent [na ako ngayon], but I’m just glad I can walk already and do other exercises at the same time.”
Valdez is unavailable to play, but the GOAT is expected to remain with the team in most times and fulfill her duties as a captain on the bench. Nonetheless, coach Meneses says co-captain Jia Morado-De Guzman is taking on the responsibility of being floor general.
“Actually, si Alyssa naman lagi naman siyang nasa practice eh. Siya pa rin 'yung captain ball, the next nalang is co-captain, si Jia kasi syempre 'yung pagka-leader . . . almost the same din kay Alyssa,” said Meneses. “Kahit nasa bench si Alyssa nagli-lead pa naman siya ng team, pero 'pag nasa loob, siyempre kailangan meron, si Jia yung pinaka co-captain.”
The Cool Smashers, reigning All-Filipino champs, are expected to go all out and defend their crown.