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Amanda Villanueva retires at age 28

Despite being just 28 years young, high-flying open spiker Amanda Villanueva has decided to hang up her shoes for good.

Though she did not disclose her reason for calling it a day, Villanueva has been slowly venturing into other endeavors since the start of the calendar year.

“Every end is a new beginning,” opened Villanueva’s letter.

First off, Villanueva thanked her head coach in St. James Academy Sheila Lauchengco for being her mentor up to this day.

“I learned the value of hard work and sacrifice. Volleyball became my ticket to endless possibilities,” shared Villanueva.

“Volleyball became my ticket to endless possibilities.”

The 5-foot-4 spiker arrived at in La Salle, before transferring to Adamson.

Villanueva led the Lady Falcons to the UAAP Season 76 Beach Volleyball crown.

In the indoor scene, she would also help Adamson to Final Four appearances.

“College was one hell of a roller-coaster ride. I was so hungry for growth, excellence, validation, and opportunity.

“Adamson redeemed and fueled me to face unfathomable challenges. It was home to dreamers. They believed and loved each one of their own. I am beyond blessed to grow around genuine and passionate people,” said Villanueva.

Adamson also gave Villanueva an opportunity to join the legendary PLDT team of 2015.

After her final year, Villanueva helped jumpstart the Perlas Spikers team in the PVL, playing for the club from 2017-2018.

Then in 2019, she moved to the Philippine Superliga, joining Sta. Lucia.

“To the pro teams that I was with in the last four years of my career, I learned the value of time, work ethic, and importance of integrity.”

Moving on to the next chapter of her life, she hopes that the ride will be as fun.

“Now that I am moving on to the next chapter of my life, I don’t know what the future holds but it sure is bright as I envision it to be. I wish that my future kids, wherever they may be in the future, would receive the same amount of love, care, and support that I felt in the last 18 years of playing the sport.”

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