Creamline skipper Alyssa Valdez joined fans and supporters in praying for Choco Mucho’s Maddie Madayag in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday.
Valdez ended her post-game interview with well wishes for her former teammate, who hurt her left knee during the team’s battle for third match against Petro Gazz a few hours earlier.
“Let’s all pray for Maddie para sa fast healing nya,” said Valdez after she was asked for any last messages following Creamline’s five-set victory over Chery Tiggo in Game 1 of their finals.
Valdez and Madayag were teammates for the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the UAAP before going separate ways in the pro league.
Unconfirmed reports were circulating online that Madayag suffered an acute cruciate ligament (ACL), but team representatives and league organizers have yet to release a statement regarding the middle blocker’s condition as of this writing.
Reports from Ilocos Norte, however, said Madayag was brought to Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac, some 25 kilometers away from the venue to have her undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
The PVL medical team is expected to release a bulletin on Madayag's condition Thursday.
Madayag hurt her left knee from a bad landing midway in the fourth set, causing her to writhe in pain on the floor. She was taken out of the match and did not return, and was seen leaving the venue in a wheelchair and a knee brace.
The Flying Titans eventually lost the match.
Support online immediately poured in, with Madayag’s name getting trended on social media.
Among those who wished for her recovery were Petro Gazz's Myla Pablo, celebrity Angelica Panganiban, former Ateneo teammate Jem Ferrer, Carmela Tunay and Eya Laure.