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2 years on, Alyssa still not used to being just a spectator in Ateneo games

MANILA, Philippines – Two years removed from her last UAAP game, Alyssa Valdez still cannot get used to simply being a spectator whenever she watches the Ateneo Lady Eagles compete.

Valdez, the three-time MVP who led Ateneo de Manila University to two championships, attended the UAAP Season 80 games over the past weekend, but obviously paid special attention to the first game of her former teammates.

The Lady Eagles dropped a tough five-setter to Far Eastern University (FEU), 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 9-15. It was a sorry loss for Ateneo, as the Katipunan volleybelles surged to a 6-1 lead in the fifth frame before falling apart amid a hail of aces from the Lady Tamaraws.

Former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez watches the Lady Eagles' UAAP Season 80 game against Far Eastern University. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
Since leaving the league at the end of Season 78, Valdez has watched a few of the Lady Eagles' games. Yet even now, the "Phenom" still cannot help but feel antsy whenever she is in the audience.

"It's super hard," she admits. "You really want to go and really support. Not just, like, watching, 'di ba? You want to contribute also for the team."

Valdez is hopeful that her presence – along with those of other Ateneo alumni such as Denden Lazaro, who was also in attendance at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday – was helpful to the Lady Eagles.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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