Valdez welcomes new volley group


    ONE of Philippine volleyball’s most revered stars is elated with the formation of the new National Sports Association for the sport, hoping it would help the sport get back to its feet amid the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

    Former Ateneo standout and national team mainstay Alyssa Valdez said she is “very happy” with the creation of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Inc. and is looking forward to the return of volleyball action.

    “Very happy (about the new federation). Siyempre, as of the moment, I’m actually looking forward to having games na rin, and hopefully, makatulong iyong bagong federation natin to get us going,” Valdez said last Tuesday on the online Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.

    Veteran sports and volleyball hand Ramon “Tats” Suzara was elected last Jan. 25 as president of the PNVF in the polls supervised by the Philippine Olympic Committee.

    The PNVF is expected to attend the FIVB World Congress later this week, where it will likely be recognized as the official volleyball NSA in the country.

    Valdez, 27, is playing for Creamline in the pro Premier Volleyball League which did not stage a single tourney last year, while the Philippine Super Liga played a few matches in its Grand Prix but was eventually mothballed.

    The PVL is eyeing to launch its season in April in a bubble.

    The PSL and the Spikers’ Turf of the men’s side have yet to turn pro.

    Valdez, the president of the Spikers’ Turf, said she is hoping the men’s players will also have turn pro this year.

    “We’re talking also within the group kung ano ang mga plans for Spiker’s Turf,” Valdez said.