VETERAN SPIKER CARMELA TUNAY HANGS JERSEY AT AGE 25
At the age of 25, veteran spiker Carmela Tunay officially announces retirement from volleyball on Tuesday night as she eyes to pursue different roles outside the volleyball court.
The former University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigress, who was supposed to be the captain of the newly formed club team Peak Form in the upcoming 2021 Premier Volleyball League, shared to The Game episode from One Sports that she is officially ending her career in volleyball.
During the interview, the 5-foot-7 open hitter said she has her interest to pursue different roles outside the volleyball court as well as focusing on her activities as a businesswoman.
“Actually, I’ve told a couple of friends na I won’t play na, I guess, that’s where we’re leading so yes, I’m officially retired,” Tunay revealed in the interview.
According to her, she made the decision amid the issues surrounding the tryouts for the Philippine national team but did not want to share it with the public just yet as she doesn’t want to draw attention.
“I haven’t made like a public post or announcement about it because I didn’t want to draw attention because during the time I told my team na I won’t be pursuing na volleyball, it was the time na mainit yung usapan sa volleyball. So I didn’t want any attention na mapunta pa sakin,” Tunay said
Asked about what’s next for her, Tunay is eyeing to focus on her personal career as a businesswoman—pursuing other horizons in digital aside from running as an agent for Virtual Playground.
“I’ve been focusing on digital stuff as an agent and manager, marketing stuff on the side, too. Despite letting go of something I’m really passionate about, I’m gonna do something I love din,” she said.
“Last year, I finished my master’s [degree], and isa ‘yon sa mga hinihintay ko before I say goodbye to volleyball,” she added.
The 25-year-old veteran first suited up for the UST Tigresses in UAAP Season 73-77 before taking her talent in the professional league, particularly with Cignal from 2015 to 2016, then with Petron for two years where she helped clinch two SuperLiga titles namely the 2017 All Filipino Conference and 2018 Grand Prix.
In 2020, she was to play for the Motolite but the PVL did not push through due to the spark of the COVID-19 pandemic.