NOW that Kalei Mau is officially a Filipino citizen, she is ready to give her all in fulfilling her dream to play for the women’s national volleyball team.
United Volleyball Club’s Fil-Am star announced on Tuesday that she already got her Filipino passport becoming a dual citizen and she is just one step away in completing her requirements in getting a chance to play for the country as she only needs her transfer papers from the USA federation to Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc.
“I think nothing’s gonna stand in the way of me achieving my dream of playing at the highest level, the highest stage of volleyball for the national team of the Philippines will be the SEA games,” Mau told Spin.ph.
Mau, who turned heads during the tryouts last January 24 and 25, expressed her desire to play for the country hoping to be part of the 20-woman national pool, which LVPI will announce together with the men’s and women’s under 23 initial rosters on Friday.
“I want something out of it. I don’t just want the fame and I don’t play just for the money. I want something more fulfilling, the closest thing that reminds my heart, closest to home is Philippines and I wanna represent this country,” said the Kahaluu, Hawaii native. “I’m really excited to get the exposure and just get that monster out of me. I wanna play at the highest level I always have.”
National team head coach Shaq Delos Santos didn’t confirm nor deny that 6-foot-1 outside hitter will be a shoo-in to the pool. He’d rather let LVPI announce it on the press conference.
“Willing talaga siya maglaro sa national team so for us malaking factor yun kasi nakita naman natin siya maglaro. I think yung system lang kailangan mapaadapt namin,” Delos Santos told Spin.ph. “Pwedeng asahan talaga.”
“Hopefully, schedule lang, actually yun ang conflict doon kasi siyempre ngayon hindi mo naman pwede ipush na practice kasi intense yung mga laro then maganda rin yung tinatakbo ng team nila,” added the national team referring to the schedule of Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.
Mau, who played for University of Minnesota and University of Arizona in the US NCAA, vowed to bring an all-out competition if she makes it ito the National Pool.
“We’re all gonna work hard for that but they’re gonna have to compete with me. I won’t compete with them, they will compete with me,” the 23-year-old said. “When I want something I’m gonna get it now that I have standing in between me and being a shoo-in for the national team, I’m going all-in.”
The UVC star, who played for Indias de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico from 2016-2017 and Volley-ball Nantes in France from 2017-2018 before transferring to PSL last year, won’t be promising a medal if she fulfills her dream to play for the national team, but she is looking to bring her character to the team and share it to her teammates.
“I can’t promise anything in terms of results but I can definitely, bring what I bring to my team here in UVC and I bring a changing culture, I can bring competition in the gym wherever I go,” Mau said. “I’m very competitive, I’m determined , I’m intense. Grabe is what they call me. That’s what I can bring definitely, I won’t let up.”