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Emotional Lindsay Stalzer hopes to leave winning legacy as future hangs in air

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Emotional Lindsay Stalzer hopes to leave winning legacy as future hangs in air

GOLD STANDARD. F2 import Lindsay Stalzer celebrates with her teammates at the 2022 PVL Reinforced Conference

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Longtime F2 Cargo Movers import Lindsay Stalzer leaves nothing but gratitude for Philippine volleyball as she contemplates the next chapter of her 15-year career

MANILA, Philippines – For one last time in the 2022 PVL Reinforced Conference, the F2 Cargo Movers flashed the form that sowed fear in many opponents’ hearts after rallying to a clean sweep of the defending champion Petro Gazz Angels last Tuesday, November 22.

Even with no stakes on the line after being eliminated from title contention in their last game, veteran import Lindsay Stalzer left it all on the floor, squeezing out 22 points in just three sets to help the Cargo Movers even out in the end with a 4-4 record.

After the season-ending game, buzz once again resurfaced regarding the immediate future of the 38-year-old American, but Stalzer did not give a definite answer on what’s next in her illustrious career.

“Not for sure, but I’ll probably continue to play at least until the spring somewhere else. I don’t know exactly where, but working on it,” she said.

“TBD (To be determined),” she added when asked whether she will return to F2. “I have no idea. We will see, yeah.”

Stalzer, who at that point was just all smiles in the postgame press conference, then broke down in tears as she wondered exactly why the Cargo Movers’ title campaign got derailed.

“It hurts a lot. I take my job very seriously and we fell short. I think maybe I took it too seriously and didn’t play as freely, didn’t allow everyone to play as freely as they want to. This past week has been kind of very, very difficult for me and I’ve probably not been that much fun to be around, to be honest,” she said.

“Tonight, we planned to just have fun and I changed my mindset the past couple of days. This past week has been super hard to accept the fact that I did everything I could, but it wasn’t enough this year.”

Whether or not she returns to F2 – or to playing volleyball altogether – Stalzer hopes that she has set the standard for all Philippine volleyball players as she reflected on her eight-year run as an import.

“I wanted to leave a legacy of just excellence, you know. I want to be known as the import who can always get to the final,” she continued.

“She lifts up her team and helps them get to the final every time, she’s dependable, she’s a team player. She works super hard, and just really has embraced everything about the Philippines.”

Over her eight-year run, Stalzer has played for teams in both the PVL and the defunct Philippine Superliga (PSL), namely the Cignal HD Spikers, Foton Tornadoes, Petron Blaze Boosters, and F2.

With the lone exception of this year’s Reinforced Conference, her teams have always reached the playoffs and often contended for championships.

Whether or not she gives herself another chance to redeem herself and the Cargo Movers as a whole, Stalzer has nothing but gratitude for everything Philippine volleyball has given her in her 15-year career.

“The fans have been amazing to me, that’s a big reason why I keep coming back,” she said.

“I hope I leave a small bright spot in the fans’ hearts, and all the people that I’ve played with and played under.” – Rappler.com

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