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Alyssa delights in reunion with former Ateneo teammates

MANILA, Philippines – In her first game back at the Mall of Asia Arena since 2016, Ateneo de Manila University superstar Alyssa Valdez made sure to deliver another superb game, even if the stakes were far lower this time around.

The last time that Valdez played in the Pasay venue in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 78 Finals, she scored 34 points and led the Lady Eagles to a come-from-behind victory over De La Salle University in Game 2 of the women's volleyball Finals to force a do-or-die game.

Alyssa Valdez reunites with former teammates Amy Ahomiro and Bea de Leon. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
Ateneo lost in Game 3 to the Lady Spikers, and it was not until over a year later that Valdez returned to MOA Arena to face a familiar foe. The Lady Eagles played the Lady Spikers in the "Battle of the Rivals," a charity match aimed at raising funds for both school's athletic programs, and once again, Valdez took charge for the Katipunan volleybelles.

The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player torched the Lady Spikers for 36 points, 32 of which came on attacks, in another come-from-behind win. Valdez scored the match-winner in Ateneo's 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13 win over La Salle in front of thousands of fans.

"We really enjoyed the game kanina talaga," Valdez told reporters after the game. "It's been a while since I played Ateneo-La Salle, and it's been a while since we played together talaga as a team."

In the charity match, Valdez reunited with former teammates Amy Ahomiro, Michelle Morente, Denden Lazaro, Ella de Jesus, Jhoana Maraguinot, Bea de Leon, and Jia Morado, who formed the core of their UAAP title teams in Seasons 76 and 77.

She also got the chance to reunite with Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, who was the captain of the Lady Eagles when Valdez entered Ateneo in Season 74 and in Season 75.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/16/17/alyssa-delights-in-reunion-with-former-ateneo-teammates

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