Todorovic announces swan song after Philips Gold’s third place finish
This is definitely my last year playing volleyball --- Bojana Todorovic
Philips Gold reinforcement Bojana Todorovic smiled and hugged her teammates in jubilation as the Lady Slammers celebrated a bitter-sweet victory to end their campaign 2015 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix campaign.
It was not the championship trophy that Philips Gold bagged.
Nevertheless it was a fitting farewell gift for the hard-working import.
In her last game for the Lady Slammers, Todorovic registered 23 points including 19 attacks , three block kills and an ace to give Philips Gold the consolation third place finish against Cignal, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at Imus Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite.
On top of that, Todorovic showcased superb floor defense with 23 excellent receptions and eight digs.
That will be the last time Filipino fans will ever see the Serbian import in action in the PSL as Todorovic announced her intention to retire from the sport.
“This is definitely my last year playing volleyball. So I’ll be done May for sure,” she said. “And that’s not a sad thing. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just that I’m ready for the next step in my life.”
The 24-year-old hitter said that she wanted to finish her Master’s degree in sports management in California State University, Long Beach and pursue another career outside of volleyball.
“At least in the United States the longer you stay away from the working world the harder it is to get a job later. And I can only play as much as my body will carry me,” added the 6-foot head-turner, whose skills, leadership and charm off the court endeared her to Pinoy fans.
After her stint in the PSL, Todorovic will travel back to America and try to work out on her last tournament before calling it quits.
“We’ll see. I’m looking to maybe play one more season in Puerto Rico on January to April I think,” the import said. “Hopefully, I’ll get a good contract but if that doesn’t happen maybe I’ll go home.”
And get married? A reporter suddenly asked.
“Whoa! Marriage might wait a little bit but I have my Master’s to finish, that’s six more months in Sports Management,” said Todorovic. “Maybe (I’ll work) on PR, management, maybe marketing, we’ll see.”
Todorovic, a member of the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins that ruled the 2011 USA NCAA Division I tournament, made an impact for Philips Gold averaging 21.9 points per game in the eliminations as the Lady Slammers closed with an 8-2 win-loss record to secure the top seed in the semifinals.
Unfortunately, Philips Gold suffered a heartbreaking upset at the hands of Foton Tornadoes in five sets in the Final Four even after Todorovic dropped a game-high 31 points.
Though falling short in their campaign, Todorovic was thankful for the opportunity to play in the Philippines.
“I’m just happy I got a chance to play in the Philippines. This probably is the best decision I ever made,” she said.
And we have player agent Tim Kelly to thank for after convincing her to bring her talent to Asia after a long stint in Europe.
“It’s a little bit of my agent pushing me, saying: “No you can still play. No you can do it, you’re still young do it. Trust me.” And I was like, “Alright” and then I got here and it’s been amazing. I love it here.”
But Todorovic, who started playing volleyball at the age of seven, has long decided to finally hang her jersey even before joining the Grand Prix.
“I’ve been playing with the (thought of) “When am I gonna quit volleyball?” It is like, “Oh no I’m ready this year. I’m gonna quit.”
“I spent nine months in France. Nine months is a really, really long season away from my boyfriend, away from my family. It was really, really difficult. I had an amazing experience there but I knew I couldn’t do another nine months.”
But then the PSL door opened for her.
“And then my agent told me about the Philippines. That it’s a short season, pays well with really great competition and great fans, he definitely said that,” said Todorovic. “I thought about it and I was like, “Alright. I’ll do a short season.”
“That was the big thing for me I definitely couldn’t have done another nine months but I didn’t even know this (PSL) existed so here I am.”
Pinoy fans are just thankful for the honor of watching her play.
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