Seven months after helping Petron clinch a back-to-back Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix titles, American reinforcement Stephanie Niemer announced her retirement from professional volleyball over Instagram.
Soon after steering Petron in the 2019 Grand Prix showdown versus F2 Logistics for a twin title, Niemer hinted of a possible retirement from professional volleyball, saying she already achieved too much and wanted to take a break from volleyball.
And just this Wednesday, the former Petron import posted a cryptic Instagram post, saying “it is time.”
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✨End of an Era✨ . . Over the past 9 years, I have been fortunate to play professional volleyball. 5️⃣seasons on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico • 1️⃣ with @aspttmulhvolley in France • 1️⃣ with @azeryol in Azerbaijan • 2️⃣ with @petronblazespikersfp in the Philippines • 1️⃣ with @olympiacossfp in Greece 💕 . . I have met so many wonderful people in my time overseas…I am beyond grateful for the friendships I have with my former teammates all over the 🌎! Volleyball has provided me with countless opportunities from the moment I began playing the sport—opportunities I never would have dreamed of 💭 . . It has been one hell of a ride, but it is “time”. I’m not sure what is next, but I’m excited to find out! #sosothankful
“I have met so many wonderful people in my time overseas…I am beyond grateful for the friendships I have with my former teammates all over the [world],” she said.
“Volleyball has provided me with countless opportunities from the moment I began playing the sport—opportunities I never would have dreamed of [thinking],” she added.
Before taking her talents to the Petron Blaze Spikers here in the Philippines, the open hitter played in three other countries – Puerto Rico, France, and Azerbaijan. In 2016 – her maiden year in the Philippines – Niemer teamed up with Serena Warner to tow the Blaze Spikers to a bridesmaid finish.
Aside from winning championships with Petron, the 6-foot-1 hitter likewise was named Best Scorer and Most Valuable Player during the 2019 iteration of the Grand Prix.