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    Army spikers hoping for the best as star setter Tina Salak awaits marching orders

    Jun 9, 2014

    TINA Salak has made a grand return for Generika-Army; now he hopes it won't be a case of one-and-done.

    The charismatic team leader saw action for the first time in tyhe Super Liga this conference on Sunday, lifting Generika-Army to a four-set win over erstwhile unbeaten AirAsia at the Astrodome.

    But Salak admitted she has yet to confirm participation in their next match on June 18 against unbeaten Petron or any playdate after that as she is currently committed to attending military school.

    Private First Class Salak, you see, is seeking promotion, along with fellow Lady Troopers Joanne Bunag and Carolino sisters Michelle and Mayeth.

    “Hindi ko pa masabi if magtuluy-tuloy ’yung laro ko kasi nasa military schooling ako. Depende na lang sa arrangements ng mga big bosses.”

    Salak got the green light to play against AirAsia just a day before the match, and she had to suit up right away without the benefit practice.

    But she didn’t look rusty.

    Aside from giving the hitters good looks over the net with her 42 excellent serves, the Army setter aso scored big points by coming up with timely drop shots that often caught AirAsia flatfooted.

    Army got the win, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, leveling its win-loss record to 2-2, although it still is unsure if the Lady Troopers will have their star setter when they go for a third straight win.

    “Mas masaya ’yung nakakatulong ka sa team,” said the 37 year old. “So kahit wala akong training, literal, the most na pwede kong maitulong is ’yung presence ko.

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    “Nakita ko naman na na-inspire sila noong naglaro ako.”

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