Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado to tune up with national team in Japan
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine volleyball team stalwarts Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado will still get a chance to join the national team's Asian Games buildup despite skipping the tuneup games in the Philippine Superliga (PSL).
LVPI president confirmed to Rappler that Valdez and Morado – who are both playing for Creamline in PSL rival Premier Volleyball League (PVL) – are still included in the Asian Games lineup but will just join the the national team's overseas camp at the end of July.
"They are still in the lineup for the Asian Games," said LVPI president Peter Cayco.
"(They won't be tuning up) here, but in their training camp overseas."
Cayco received a letter from Creamline on Wednesday, June 20, that the franchise will not release Valdez and Morado to join the national team's stint in the PSL due to a busy PVL playoffs schedule.
Valdez and Morado, who helped tow the Cool Smashers to the PVL semifinals, would be facing a tough schedule, including playing 4 straight crucial matches – based on the released PVL and PSL playdates – if they decide to juggle both stints.
"We respect the decision of Rebisco in not allowing them to join the WNT (Women's National Team) in the tune up games with PSL teams," said Cayco.
According to a source from Creamline, the club continues to show support for the Philippines' campaign by allowing Valdez and Morado to train with the national team in the afternoon before the club team's evening training.
Valdez earlier mentioned that it is expected that they have to find a compromise as they have to "honor their commmitments" to their club as well.
The PSL will begin on June 23, while Creamline's PVL campaign will resume on July 1. – Rappler.com