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PH legendary setter Salak retires

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It took former national team player Tina Salak three decades before saying goodbye to the game she played most of her life.

The veteran setter, winner of bronze medal during the 2005 SEA Games, announced her retirement from playing volleyball for good after she and the rest of the Philippine Army bowed down to F2 Logistics in a heartbreaking five-setter in a battle for the bronze medal match in the import-laced Super Liga tourney.

“Ito na ang huli,” the 40-year-old Cavite native and former Lady Tamaraw said.

“This is long overdue, since I’m tied with the Philippine Army. You all know that we’re not only athletes, we’re also soldiers so once the higher-ups tell us to play, we will play,” Salak added.

However, the soft spoken Salak will not totally bid goodbye to volleyball. She is set to attend various seminars and trainings to pursue a career as a coach.

Salak was known for her fancy setting and perfectly-timed drop balls, leading Army to three Philippine Super Liga (PSL) crowns and a couple of V-League championships. She was also hailed as the PSL All Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player in 2014.

Expected to assume Salak’s setting duties for Army is FEU playmaker Gyzelle Sy, whose contract with back-to-back V-League titlist Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors already expired. (Alex Cerado)