VENUS Bernal is walking away from volleyball, this time for good, saying the Super Liga Grand Prix was her last.
One of country’s best female hitters before retiring in 2013, Bernal made a comeback in the 2016 PSL Grand Prix but says she is not suiting up to play anymore.
“Until this conference na lang talaga, hindi na talaga mae-extend,” said Bernal. “‘Wag na, bigyan natin ng chance ang ibang players na tumataas ang laro nila.”
“Sa akin naman kasi masaya na ako sa narating ko before eh,” added the 31-year old spiker, who’s now a full-time corporate employee at Manila Water.
She played for Cignal in the Philippine Super Liga inaugural conference in 2013 before taking a break.
Bernal last year rejoined the HD spikers, who placed bottom in the six team Grand Prix.
“Full time akong nagwo-work so ito maganda kasi itong volleyball passion ko rin kasi talaga nakakamiss rin talaga pero ang commitment ko hanggang dito na lang talaga,” she said.
Bernal was a teammate of Mary Jean Balse, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Angge Tabaquero, Denise Tan and Lilet Mabbayad in the University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses team that won the title in 2007.
With Bernal’s retirement following the resignation of long-time Cignal mentor Sammy Acaylar, the HD Spikers will rely on Paneng Mercado, Janine Marciano, Jheck Dionela at Mylene Paat under new head coach George Pascua.