Unfortunately for F2 Logistics’ Kalei Mau, her Premier Volleyball League debut was not as successful as she had hoped.
Mau and the Cargo Movers were defeated in three sets by a Chery Tiggo team that had undergone recent roster changes. After electing not to compete in the Invitationals a few months earlier, they returned to the PVL and had to cope with some personnel concerns.
In their match against the Crossovers, the team led by Benson Bocboc was without four players from their rotation: the American import Lindsay Stalzer, Tin Tiamzon, CJ Saga (due to health and safety rules), and Dawn Macandili (due to an injury).
Aby Marao and Ara Galang are playing the roles of the liberos for this team.
In spite of the sad chain of events, Mau is choosing to focus on the bright side as they work to recover from their disappointing loss.
“It’s wonderful. This place is also like a second home for me, so it’s nice to be reunited with my teammates and back out on the court where we play. “Having fun is good,” added Mau, who finished with 20 points on 17 attacks and three aces despite their team’s loss.
According to the Filipino-American player, who is 27 years old, the fact that the team lost their first game would only assist the rest of the squad, particularly Galang and Marao, ease into their respective positions. In addition to this, Mau is positive that the two of them will be able to hold the fort on the defensive end while they wait for Macandili and Saga to return.
According to Mau
“If you want to be successful in this sport, you have to learn how to adapt. And I am confident that my teammates and I will be able to adapt to these changes and understand each other’s duties. Because everyone of us has a unique job that we are responsible for learning, naturally, the situation is a little bit stressful and a little bit unfamiliar. Kalei, whose most recent competition was in Athletes Unlimited, commented that “but it’s the best game to kinda accomplish that.”