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Alyssa Valdez – The World’s Most Followed Volleyball Player On Instagram

Instagram’s Most Followed Volleyball Player in the World

Alyssa Valdez in action photo via FB Page
  • Alyssa Valdez is the World’s Most Followed Volleyball Player On Instagram
  • She is a member of the Philippine women’s national volleyball team
  • Alyssa has been the face of Philippine volleyball for the past few years

Volleyball has always been my passion. Nothing else gives me quite a rush than hitting hard on the court.  – Alyssa

Alyssa Valdez photo via @AlyssaValdez2 IG
Alyssa Valdez photo via @AlyssaValdez2 IG

About:

Born: 29 June 1993, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines
Height: 1.75 m / 5’8 in
Spike: 3.05 m
Position: Outside Hitter
Team: Creamline Cool Smashers
Current club: Creamline Cool Smashers
Education: Ateneo de Manila University (2010–2015), University of Santo Tomas Junior High School

Hail to this volleyball icon who now has a following on Instagram of more than a million!

She is no other than Alyssa Valdez, the most popular and one of the best volleyball players. She reached this stature as the most followed player on Instagram on the 10th of May, 2017.

Being the most popular volleyball player in the country, she has also become one of the top endorsers in the country; has appeared in many magazine covers, guested on several national programs on tv. Aside from these feats, she had also conducted several volleyball training clinics under her name. She also had won athletic awards that are too many to mention here.

Alyssa on one of her Travels photo via @alyssa_valdez2
Alyssa on one of her Travels photo via @alyssa_valdez2

Just so you can be more familiar with this volleyball icon, she grew up in San Juan, Batangas. She is an only daughter to her parents, Ruel & Pablita Valdez. Her 2 elder brothers taught her how to play the game while she was still in elementary.

She had perfected her skills that she was chosen to play in the STACAA, a CALABARZON regional sports fest. This was where Valdez was seen and recruited by UST. She was chosen as player for their team, the UST Tigress Cubs. She became a member of the NCR team for the sports competition, Palarong Pambansa and they won a number of championship awards making her the top player of the school’s volleyball team.

Her career got to a higher level when she was in her collegiate years though she had to have a 1 yr. residency as imposed by the UAAP because she came from one UAAP school to another. During this period, she competed together with Bea Tan, her Lady Eagle teammate in the International Federal Beach Volleyball Tournament where they landed the 7th place.

Alyssa on one of her overseas games photo via @alyssa_valdez2
Alyssa on one of her overseas games photo via @alyssa_valdez2

She had bagged several individual awards and helped her team to win championship titles. She was a 4-time UAAP Best Scorer, 3-time Season’s MVP, 3-time Best Server, and 1-time Final’s MVP. After this, she played for Ateneo as a guest player in the Shakey’s V-League. This was the first time that Alyssa played with the Lady Eagles. She joined the team on the 8th Season of Shakey’s V-League and won the V-League gold medal for the first time after beating the Adamson Lady Falcons.

She had since competed in several volleyball games and achieved several awards here and abroad making her the famous player that she is now.

Individual Awards

  • 2006 UAAP Season 69 “Rookie of the Year”
  • 2007 UAAP Season 70 “Most Valuable Player”
  • 2008 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League (NCR) “Best Attacker”
  • 2008 UAAP Season 71 “Most Valuable Player”‘
  • 2008 UAAP Season 71 “Athlete of the Year”‘
  • 2009 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League (NCR) “Most Valuable Player”‘
  • 2009 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League (NCR) “Best Attacker”‘
  • 2009 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League (National) “Best Attacker”
  • 2009 UAAP Season 72 “Most Valuable Player”
  • 2009 UAAP Season 72 “Best Attacker”
  • 2010 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League (NCR) “Best Attacker”
  • 2010 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League (National) “Best Attacker”
  • 2012 Shakey’s V-League Season 9 1st Conference “Finals Most Valuable Player”
  • 2013 UAAP Season 75 “Best Scorer”
  • 2013 Shakey’s V-League Season 10 1st Conference “Best Server”
  • 2014 UAAP Season 76 “Finals Most Valuable Player”
  • 2014 UAAP Season 76 “Season’s Most Valuable Player”
  • 2014 UAAP Season 76 “Best Scorer”
  • 2014 UAAP Season 76 “Best Server”
  • 2014 Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference “Best Scorer”
  • 2015 UAAP Season 77 “Season’s Most Valuable Player”
  • 2015 UAAP Season 77 “Best Scorer”
  • 2015 UAAP Season 77 “Best Server”
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Collegiate Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference “Finals Most Valuable Player”
  • 2016 UAAP Season 78 “Athlete of the Year”
  • 2016 UAAP Season 78 “Season’s Most Valuable Player”
  • 2016 UAAP Season 78 “Best Scorer”
  • 2016 UAAP Season 78 “Best Server”
  • 2016 Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2016 Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2016 Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
  • 2017 Premier Volleyball League 1st Season Reinforced Open Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
  • 2017 Premier Volleyball League 1st Season Reinforced Open Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2018 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2018 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference “1st Best Outside Spiker”
  • 2018 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
    Collegiate
  • 2011 Shakey’s V-League Season 8: 1st Conference – Champions, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2011 Shakey’s V-League Season 8: Open Conference – Bronze medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2012 UAAP Season 74 volleyball tournaments – Silver medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2012 Shakey’s V-League Season 9: 1st Conference –  Champions, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2013 UAAP Season 75 volleyball tournaments – Silver medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2013 Shakey’s V-League Season 10: 1st Conference –  Silver medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2014 UAAP Season 76 volleyball tournaments –  Champions, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2014 ASEAN University Games –  Bronze medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2015 UAAP Season 77 volleyball tournaments –  Champions, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League Season 12: Collegiate Conference –  Silver medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2016 UAAP Season 78 volleyball tournaments –  Silver medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles
  • 2016 ASEAN University Games –  Bronze medal, with Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles

Club

  • 2013 Shakey’s V-League 10th Season Open Conference –  Silver medal, with Smart-Maynilad
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League 12th Season Open Conference –  Champions, with PLDT Home Ultera Ultra Fast Hitters
  • 2015 Shakey’s V-League 12th Season Reinforced Open Conference – Champions, with PLDT Home Ultera Ultra Fast Hitters
  • 2016 Shakey’s V-League 13th Season Open Conference –  Bronze medal, with BaliPure Purest Water Defenders
  • 2016 Shakey’s V-League 13th Season Reinforced Open Conference –  Silver medal, with Bureau of Customs Transformers
  • 2017 Thai-Denmark Super League –  Bronze medal, with 3BB Nakornnont
  • 2017 Premier Volleyball League 1st Season Reinforced Open Conference – Bronze medal, with Creamline Cool Smashers
  • 2017 Premier Volleyball League 1st Season Open Conference – Bronze medal, with Creamline Cool Smashers
  • 2018 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference –  Champions, with Creamline Cool Smashers
  • 2018 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference –  Champions, with Creamline Cool Smashers
Alyssa Valdez in action photo via FB Page
Alyssa Valdez in action photo via FB Page

Special Recognitions (from recent to past)

  • Push Sports Personality (Push Awards 2018)
  • Push Sports Personality (Push Awards 2017)
  • Most Popular Sports Personality (Push Awards 2016)[50]
  • Fittest Player of the Conference
  • Miss Volleyball 2016 (Philippine Sportswriters Association)
  • Fudgee Barr O-Barr Sa Galing Player of the Season
  • Ten Sports Heroes of 2015: Sportsmen Who Change The Game (Spin.ph)
  • Miss Volleyball 2015 (Philippine Sportswriters Association)
  • Lifestyle’s 29 Bright and Beautiful (Philippine Star)
  • Miss Volleyball 2014 (Philippine Sportswriters Association)
  • Female Athlete of the Year (Best of 2014 PExers Choice Awards)
  • Woman of Style and Substance (People Asia 2014)
  • Volleywood World Female Idol 2013 1st Runner Up (Volleywood.net)
  • Miss Volleyball 2013 (Philippine Sportswriters Association)
  • Best Pinoy Athlete (Rappler Social Media Awards: Best Of 2013)
  • BioFit Tea Fittest Player of the Conference (Shakey’s V-League 10th Season Open Conference)

Follow her on Instagram – @Alyssa_Valdez2

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A cat person by day and a writer by night. He loves to travel to his favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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