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Alyssa Valdez reflects on her career before Taiwan stint

 MANILA, Philippines — In a few weeks’ time, Alyssa Valdez will be a rookie — for a third time.

“The first time I stepped inside Blue Eagle Gym, I felt so nervous. Do I belong here? Can I perform?”

Alyssa Valdez. Philippine Star
Valdez recalled her rookie year with Ateneo after she was recruited by Roger Gorayeb (who first watched her in Lipa, Batangas before she moved to UST for high school). The jitters that she felt were later replicated when she donned the colors of 3BB Nakornnont in Thailand last year.

“I had been to Thailand so many times while training with Ateneo but playing there, living there for a while — on my own and not with anyone I know — I felt like a rookie again,” bared Alyssa of her stint there. “There was so much to learn about the game and about myself.”

The language barrier and the adjustment to Thai culture weren't difficult because of her trips there and playing for Anusorn Bundit. She, like former Ateneo team captain Charo Soriano, picked up on the language. But if there was nervousness then despite being familiar, she is up for a real challenge as she moves from the familiar to the unfamiliar.

She’ll experience those rookie feelings again when she joins Taiwanese club Attack Line on October 5.

Author: Rick Olivares, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/14/1739076/alyssa-valdez-reflects-her-career-taiwan-stint

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