Valdez is playing alongside non-Ateneo teammates in a new team in Shakey’s V-League.
“It’s a new challenge and I know it’s going to be exciting. I’m looking forward to a healthy competition,” said Valdez, regarded as the face of Philippine volleyball.
Valdez will be at the forefront of Bureau of Customs now hoping to be an instant contender in the Shakey’s V-League’s Reinforced Conference.
Bureau of Customs will debut against University of the Philippines at the Philsports Arena at 6 p.m. today.
Valdez, a three-time UAAP MVP, last saw action with BaliPure last July where it placed third in the Open Conference ruled by Michelle Gumabao-led Pocari Sweat.
Loving all the challenges, Valdez has linked up to the Transformers which the San Juan, Batangas native also hopes to steer to the championship on its maiden campaign in the league.
Valdez will face familiar foes in the Lady Maroons, who are coming off a third place finish in the Collegiate Conference.
Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas tries to ride the momentum of their 25-15, 20-25, 25-13, 25-21 victory over Philippine Air Force last Saturday as it shoots for a second straight win against Coast Guard at 4 p.m.
The Lady Dolphins dropped an 8-25, 15-25, 16-25 loss to Laoag, also during the league’s season-ending conference’s kickoff last Saturday.
Pau Soriano, the former Adamson middle hitter, has also joined Valdez at Customs, which also boasts of the likes of Arellano University standout Menchie Tubiera, Rizza Mandapat, Lilet Mabbayad and Mikki Castañeda with Thais Kanjana Kuthaisong and Natanicha Jaisen backstopping the squad.
Parading an all-Filipino roster after it failed to secure the services of Thai reinforcements Sirintra Mhoobin and Paweenut Rueangrum, UP will simply focus on its build-up for the UAAP wars early next year.
Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, Diana Carlos, Justine Dorog, Isa Molde, Marian Buitre, setter Mae Basarte will carry the fight for the Lady Maroons along with liberos Pia Gaiser and Arielle Estrañero.