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Ateneo urged to build statue for “The Greatest” Valdez


How exceptional is Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez?

Well, Ateneo should already build statue of her since she has led Ateneo to back-to-back UAAP titles (2014 to 2015), five straight UAAP Finals appearances (2012 to 2016) and just one game away from a third straight UAAP title.

This is because Valdez erupted for 34 points on Wednesday to power Ateneo past La Salle in five sets during the Game 2 of the UAAP Finals to tie the best-of-three series to one game apiece.

“Punyeta ‘yung 34pts. Pakitayo na yung statue. Pwede sa tabi ng eagle ng BEG (Blue Eagle Gym) or sa tabi ni Moro Lorenzo para may kakwentuhan siya,” former UP guard and ABSCBN sportscaster Mikee Reyes said.

La Salle only needed to win one set to win the UAAP title, but Valdez saved the winning blows in the last three sets that bagged the improbable win for Ateneo.

The NBA’s Greatest of All Time Michael Jordan, who led the Bulls to six NBA championships that came in two sets of 3-peats (1991 to 1993 then 1996 to 1998), also has a statue over at Chicago’s United Center.

Valdez, for her part, has led Ateneo to back-to-back UAAP titles in 2014 and 2015—the only UAAP Womens Volleyball titles of Ateneo in its history.

Should Ateneo win Game 3, Valdez will repeat her 3-peat achievement as a UST High School star when she led the UST Girls High squad to three straight UAAP titles from 2008 to 2010.

If that’s not Jordanesque to you, then we don’t know what else would be.