Words by Lucky Chan
Photos by Karl Angelo G. delos Santos
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Without much fanfare, the De La Salle Zobel Junior and Midget Spikers have secured several recognitions this year alone. From winning the Championship of the WNCAA Season 50 Juniors Division 2019-2020, followed by their grade school sisters-volleybelles for the WNCAA Season 50 Midgets Division 2019-2020 and a UAAP Season 82 Juniors Girls 4th Place finish also in 2019-2020
Lead by coach Tina Salak, a two-time UAAP women’s volleyball champion as an ace Far Eastern University setter in the mid-90s, and ably assisted by Assistant Coaches Jeremiah Monreal and Feliciano Felix G. Pantaleon, the Junior team of La Salle Zobel has made other schools take the Green Volleybelles seriously.
Coach Tina was part of the national team that won a bronze medal in the 2005 SEA Games in the women’s indoor volleyball. She also competed under the Philippine flag in the 2005 AVC Qualification for the 2006 FIVB Women’s World Championship held at Ratchaburi, Thailand.
As a professional volleyball player, Salak became part of the Philippine Army Lady Troopers, winning a championship and several other top-three finishes.
For the 2013 PSL Invitational Conference she claimed again with the Philippine Army Lady Troopers the championship. Salak was named 2013 PSL Invitational Conference Best Blocker and championship playing with TMS-Philippine Army Lady Troopers and 2014 PSL All-Filipino Conference champion and Most Valuable player with Generika-Army Lady Troopers.
In June 2016, Salak announced her retirement as a player upon completing the 2016 season of the PSL. She played her final PSL game on December 8, 2016. She then announced her intention to pursue a coaching career and became an assistant coach for COCOLIFE Asset Managers which later was renamed to renamed United VC since the 2019 season.
Preparing the grade school team for the Juniors team, the midgets’ team is headed by Coach Jeremiah Monreal. A seasoned coach for the De La Salle Zobel, veteran head coach Monreal has won numerous championships for the midgets’ team. The WNCAA Season 47 Volleyball Championship several years ago and dominating other tournaments such as the ISSA Volleyball Tournament, Toby’s Juniors Volleyball League Midgets Division and other leagues prove that Coach Monreal system works.
Many thanks to Ms. Dinn Yamamoto for her invaluable help in coordinating the photoshoot with the coaches and the players. We could not have managed this without her help. – AnimoMagazine
Article originally published in Vol. 18 No. 1 of AnimoMagazine.