Valdez after finals loss: We couldn’t ask for more, we gave our best

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The volleyball community was in awe of Alyssa Valdez after her 34-point explosion against the La Salle Lady Spikers in Game 2 to keep the Ateneo Lady Eagles alive in their best-of-three series.

Unfortunately for Valdez, she could not conjure up that same magic as the Lady Spikers exerted their superiority and claimed the trophy for themselves during Game 3 of of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday (April 30).

Individually the reigning MVP had another eye-catching performance, raking in a game high of 31 markers in just four sets.

But with the dust settled and the championship having made its way to Taft Avenue, the Ateneo talisman had no qualms with the fight they have put up.

Especially since she did not think they would make it to the finals in the first place.

“Congratulations to the La Salle Lady Spikers, they really played well today. They really played as a team,” said Valdez after the game. “We really didn’t expect this na aabutin kami dito.”

[Translation: Congratulations to the La Salle Lady Spikers, they really played well today. They really played as a team. We really didn’t expect this, that we'll go this far.]

“We couldn’t ask for more. We played our best, we gave our best.”

The fifth-year veteran went on a tear in the first set of the contest, as she led Ateneo to a comfortable 25-19 win in the first set of Game 3. But the Lasallians slowly found their grove and edged the Lady Eagles in the second frame, before dominating the next two sets.

Related: La Salle shoots down Ateneo, reclaims UAAP women’s volleyball crown

It was not a fairytale ending but Valdez went on to express how grateful she was for her time in the league and how all the challenges she has faced are just to prepare her for what lies beyond college.

“I’m just really thankful for the past five years I have been in Ateneo, in the UAAP, for everything,” she said.

“These challenges, hinahanda nila ako sa real life. I’m going to face real life.”

[Translation: These challenges prepare me for real life.]