Age doesn’t matter!
This was proven by Tina Salak as she remained to be one of the best volleybelles in the land at 38 by winning the Most Valuable Player award of the recently concluded Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference.
The 38-year-old setter was instrumental in Generika-Army’s successful title run that made it the only franchise to win a championship in the first three conferences of the fledgling league – a surprise, really, considering she wasn’t even a part of the team at the start of the tournament.
Salak, an Army corporal, begged off from the Lady Troopers’ campaign in the All-Filipino Conference as she opted to continue attending military school to strengthen her bid for a promotion. But after the Lady Troopers lost their first two games without their setter and acknowledged leader, Army was left with no choice but to beg Salak to go back in active duty.
That proved to be the major turning point for Army as the rejuvenated Lady Troopers won their next six games on the way to retaining the championship. The newly crowned MVP, however, was quick to play down her role in the three-peat.
“Hindi naman dahil sa akin ‘yun,” she said after the three-set sweep of finals rival RC Cola-Air Force, 25-22, 25-19, 25-16, before a jampacked crowd at the Astrodome on Saturday. “
Salak confessed that she was determined to sit out the last tournament, as she wanted to give way to younger counterparts. Following another successful tour of duty with Army in the PSL, Salak said she will return to processing her promotion, which she hopes to finally get this year. IMT