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    VIDEO: Ho rules out return to Ateneo in V-League as she explores new career paths

    Apr 9, 2013
    "I wanted the younger players to get the exposure, there’ll be the ones playing in the UAAP,” says Gretchen Ho. “I think (the young ones) need the playing time, more than I do." Snow Badua

    FANS of Ateneo should not expect crowd darling Gretchen Ho to see action for the Lady Eagles, atleast not in the First Conference of the Shakey’s V-League.

    No less than Ho confirmed to television sports program PTV Sports that she's skipping the tournament to give younger players in the Ateneo pool a chance to get the needed exposure in a top-level tournament.

    “I decided not to join the V-League because I wanted the younger players to get the exposure, they will be the ones playing in the UAAP,” said Ho in a statement that will surely break the hearts of her fans.

    “I think (the young ones) need the playing time, more than I do,” added Ho.

    The Management Engineering graduate is also taking a new career path as she is set to embark on a television hosting job while exploring options in the corporate marketing world.

    Cable-based channel Balls TV and PTV are reportedly courting Ho for sportscasting and youth program hosting jobs.

    The 5-8 Ho said the break from volleyball will also be good for her after devoting the past five years to her studies and Ateneo's campaign, both in the UAAP and the V-League.

    “It’s been a very busy five years of college for me, so I want to enjoy my life first and look at what opportunities are there for me,” she said.

    Ho and another star teammate, Dzi Gervacio, have skipped the Katipunan-based squad's opening game in the V-League, although coach Roger Gorayeb bared in a Spin.ph interview that the team is leaving the door open for the duo's return.

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    Gervacio is currently in Europe for a family vacation.

    Despite her absence, the head-turning Ho believes Ateneo will still be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament.

    Watch the full video of the interview with Ho:


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    "I wanted the younger players to get the exposure, there’ll be the ones playing in the UAAP,” says Gretchen Ho. “I think (the young ones) need the playing time, more than I do." Snow Badua
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