By: Alexandrea Suñga
WOMEN in sports have been making noise in the past years and it’s time to celebrate them.
Fighting for equal rights and women empowerment, today’s new breed of women athletes are an inspiration to others.
United VC standout Kalei Mau expressed her appreciation towards the braver and more vocal generation of women athletes.
“I’m just blessed to have grown up in an era where women are able to prove a point with their athletic abilities. And I’m just so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had to play.”
The Filipino-American hitter shared that playing volleyball is one factor that made her realize that every second is valuable and that everything could be taken away from someone in an instant.
She noted that as a volleyball player, giving her best every day and maximizing every opportunity that comes along is one way to inspire other women.
“Anything, any day can be taken away from me. So when I jump on the court, I pray to God and thank Him because it could possibly be my last so I just wanna give everything I got,” said Mau.
Being known as UVC’s consistent go-to player, she shared that there are three important women in her life who help keep her feet on the ground.
“My Hawaiian grandmother, my mother, and my older sister. They’re really the people that keep me together, keep me sane,” she said.
When asked who among the three inspires her the most, the Hawaiian-native went silent for a while as she thought about her answer.
“I’d say my sister because she’s got her whole life together. She knows what she wants and she gets it every time,” she said.
Famous for her powerful hits and undeniable blocks every game, Mau amusingly shared that her attitude inside the court is just the same as when she is outside the playing arena.
“I’m just as loud and crazy as I am inside the court and when I’m off,” she said.